The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for the Oddest Title of the Year Shortlist Announced

The Bookseller has released their shortlist for the 2014 Diagram prize, a humorous literary award that is given annually to a book with an unusual title. The award was created in 1978 by Trevor Bounford and Bruce Roberston of the Diagram Group in order to “avoid boredom” at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Originally only books present at the fair qualified, and a panel of judges voted on the winner. The Bookseller has since expanded the competition to include nominations from Bookseller‘s readership, and the winner is now decided by popular vote on The Bookseller‘s sister site, We Love This Book. Voting ends on March 21st and the winner will be announced on March 27th.


Advanced Pavement Research: Selected, Peer Reviewed Papers from the 3rd International Conference on Concrete Pavements Design, Construction, and Rehabilitation, by Bo Tian. Trans Tech Publications.

Divorcing a Real Witch: For Pagan’s and the People that Used to Love Them, by Diana Rajchel. Moon Books.

The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, by Sandra Tsing Loh. Viking.

Nature’s Nether Regions, by Menno Schilthuizen. Viking. W W Norton.

Strangers Have the Best Candy, by Margaret Meps Schulte. Choose Art.

The Ugly Wife is a Treasure at Home, by Melissa Margaret Schneider. Potomac Books.

Where Do Camels Belong?, by Ken Thompson. Profile Books.



About the Author:

Monica Bertz served as a Booklist's intern in spring of 2015. She holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature from George Washington University. Besides reading, she enjoys binge-watching historical dramas and arguing with strangers about hockey over the internet.

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