2017 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title Announced

Always one of my favorite literary awards, the winner of the 39th annual Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year has been announced: The Commuter Pig Keeper: A Comprehensive Guide to Keeping Pigs when Time is Your Most Precious Commodity, by Michaela Giles, edged out runner-up Renniks Australian Pre-Decimal & Decimal Coin Errors: The Premier Guide for Australian Pre-Decimal & Decimal Coin Errors.

According to the blog of the Bookseller, the British trade magazine behind this august honor:

Horace Bent, The Bookseller’s legendary diarist and administrator to the award since 1982, called The Commuter Pig Keeper a “classic” win as it “reflects Diagram voters’ long-held love—bordering on unhealthy obsession—of titles with farming or animal husbandry themes.” Bent name-checked previous winners in the field such as The Joy of Chickens (1980), The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories (2003), and Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop (2012).

Click here for a full postmortem, including more analytical insight and full voting percentages. I’ll leave you with the shortlist so you can decide for yourself whether the voting public got it right. (Personally, I think I would have gone for Nipples on My Knee . . . .)

Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title Shortlist

An Ape’s View of Human Evolution, by Peter Andrews

The Commuter Pig Keeper: A Comprehensive Guide to Keeping Pigs when Time is your Most Precious Commodity, by Michaela Giles

Love Your Lady Landscape: Trust Your Gut, Care for “Down There” and Reclaim Your Fierce and Feminine SHE, by Lisa Lister

Nipples on My Knee, by Graham and Debra Robertson

Renniks Australian Pre-Decimal & Decimal Coin Errors

 

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Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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