Posted by: Jeanie F | February 22, 2011

2011 Diagram Prize Shortlist Announced


Last year I brought you the results of the 2010 Diagram Prize for the Oddest Title – Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes by Daina Taimina. The Diagram Prize administrator, Philip Stone, had this to say about it:

Although no prize is awarded to the author of the winning book, [Horace] Bent [diarist and custodian of the prize] said that last year’s winner, Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes, received a big sales boost thanks to the widespread, international coverage of the award: “Before the prize was awarded, Dr Taimina’s book was selling just half a dozen copies per week in the US. A week after she picked up my prestigious gong, her book sold an incredible 95 copies in just seven days at $35 a pop. You can’t buy that kind of publicity”.

So – you can plainly see what’s at stake here.

The new shortlist is in for the 2011 award:

  • 8th International Friction Stir Welding Symposium Proceedings
    Various authors (TWI)
  • The Generosity of the Dead
    Graciela Nowenstein (Ashgate)
  • The Italian’s One-night Love Child
    Cathy Williams (Mills & Boon)
  • Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way
    Michael R Young (Radcliffe)
  • Myth of the Social Volcano
    Martin King Whyte (Stanford University Press)
  • What Color Is Your Dog?
    Joel Silverman (Kennel Club)

You can go to The Bookseller website to cast  your vote through Friday, March 25. My own vote (and I don’t want to prejudice you in any way) will go to Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way. I believe my own dentist may already own this book!

And the winner is Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way!

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