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Wednesday, February 27, 2008 3:52 pm
The 2008 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year Shortlist
Posted by: Keir Graff

…has been announced. Visit the Bookseller.com to voteĀ for your favorite.

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  • In the Guardian, Sarah Crown has words from the delightfully named Horace Bent on the prize’s raison d’etre (“Shortlist announced for the year’s oddest book titles“):

    “I confess, I have been anxious that as publishing becomes ever more corporate, the trade’s quirky charms are being squeezed out,” he said. “But happily my fears have been proved unfounded: oddity lives on.” He also paid homage to those titles that just failed to make the shortlist, with honourable mentions going to Drawing and Painting the Undead, Stafford Pageant: The Exciting Innovative Years 1901-1952, and Tiles of the Unexpected: A Study of Six Miles of Geometric Tile Patterns on the London Underground. “All sound like they are positively thrilling reads,” said Bent. “I do hope that the authors will try again next year.”

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