Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | July 19, 2009

I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen

From The Library Journal Blog:

Forget the National Book Awards, the Pulitzer Prizes, and the National Book Critics Circle Awards. I am anxiously awaiting the winner of  the annual  Diagram Prize, whose shortlist was announced today. Never heard of the Diagram Prize? Sponsored by the British trade magazine, the Bookseller, the award goes to the oddest book title spotted by booksellers, librarians, and publishers around the globe.  Despite fears of increased homogenization as publishers become more corporate, Horace Bent, the prize’s custodian, found to his relief that “oddity lives on.”

Here are the 2007 nominees:

I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen
How to Write a How to Write Book

Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues
Cheese Problems Solved
If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs
People who Mattered in Southend and Beyond: From King Canute to Dr Feelgood


  1. *snort* too funny!

  2. …. well, you got my attention! LOL!

  3. Cheese Problems Solved – just what I need for my Dairy Technology students – hope it has solutions to the packaging issues of opening and re-closure of blocks of cheddar….
    Oh that’s right I’m sitting under a winter flowering tree why would I want this book just now….

    love the titles!!! Will be passing them on to my fellow Librarian Druid

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