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Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year shortlist

The Diagram Prize just may be my favorite literary award (although the Bad Sex Award is right up there), it’s an annual competition to determine the strangest book title published in the last 12 months – many previous winners can be found in the halls of the Weird Book Room.  From Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America to The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories the announcement of the Diagram Prize will provide amusement and confusion to your day.

Perhaps the most entertaining thing about the award is that the books themselves are not necessarily wacky, it is often the case the books content is quite serious.  Case in point is the 1992 winner How to Avoid Huge Ships, which describes proper tactics for small water craft captains who wish to learn improved evasive action tactics.

Which brings us to the 2013 Diagram Prize Shortlist

Was Hitler Ill? by Henrik Eberle and Hans-Joachim Neumann
How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants by David Rees
God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis by Tom Hickman
Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop by Reginald Bakeley
How Tea Cosies Changed the World by Loani Prior
• Lofts of North America: Pigeon Lofts by Jerry Gagne

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