The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

23 February 2008

Every year it gets tougher

The award of this year's Bookseller/Diagram Prize is fast approaching, and once again, it's going to be a tricky call. The prize goes to the book with the "oddest" title, though oddity, like so many other characteristics, is in the eye of the beholder, usually right next to a beam.

This year's finalists:

  • I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen, by Jasper McCutcheon
  • How to Write a How to Write Book, by Brian Piddock
  • Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues, by Catharine A. McKinnon
  • Cheese Problems Solved, P. L. H. McSweeney, ed.
  • If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs, by Big Boom [pseud.]
  • People who Mattered in Southend and Beyond: From King Canute to Dr Feelgood, by Dee Gordon

You may cast a vote for your preference at theBookseller.com. I'm leaning toward People who Mattered in Southend and Beyond, though I admit to be wavering a bit: sometimes you feel like Canute, sometimes you don't.

Last year's winner: The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification, by Julian Montague.

(Courtesy of Emalyse.)

Posted at 10:30 AM to Almost Yogurt


If there isn't a book titled "100101110011010001" -- there odd-a be.

Posted by: McGehee at 2:37 PM on 23 February 2008

...and no, there's no particular significance to the whole number, only the last digit.

Posted by: McGehee at 2:39 PM on 23 February 2008