May 29th, 2007

Guess which book won the Oddest Title of the Year Award

This year's shortlist for The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year were:
- How Green Were the Nazis?
- Delicious Ice Cream: D. Di Mascio of Coventry: An Ice Cream Company of Repute, with an Interesting and Varied Fleet of Ice Cream Vans
- The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification
- Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan,
- Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Seaweed Symposium
- Better Never To Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Existence

The shopping cart book won.

Past winners [Full disclosure: the secret to winning seems to involve using either the word "horse" or the word "buttocks," put them together and you're a shoo-in]:
2005 People Who Don't Know They Are Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It [I believe this describes some of my coworkers]
2004 Bombproof Your Horse
2003 The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories
2002 Living With Crazy Buttocks
1997 The Joy of Sex, pocket edition
1995 Reusing Old Graves
1993 American Bottom Archaeology
1992 How to Avoid Huge Ships
1990 Lesbian Sadomasochism Safety Manual
1988 Versailles: The View From Sweden
1986 Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality
1984 The Book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents, Its History and Its Role in the World Today
1982 Population and Other Problems
1981 Last Chance At Love - Terminal Romances
1980 The Joy of Chickens
1978 Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Nude Mice



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I coulda been a contender

I heart Publishers Marketplace.t I definitely think it's worth the $20 a month for all their searchable data bases. Looking for an agent or editor who has sold or bought books like yours? Looking for publishing gossip, including ballpark figures on advances? Looking for info on reviewers? It's all there.

They recently compiled a list of the top 250 reviewers. The bottom two folks on the list had 25 reviews listed.

I'm also a reviewer (for The Oregonian), but Publishers Marketplace only lists 24 reviews for me. I've actually done more - just had one published a week ago, in fact - but I guess some haven't made it on line, and thus not into the database. I would love to be in the top 250, for no reason except that it sounds cool. With about 50 reviews, you could get into the top 100.

My proudest moment as a reviewer lead to my name being in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. An ad quoted my review of Evensong by Kent Haruf, using my words, "Spare, delicate and beautiful." And unlike most ads quoting reviewers, it used our names.

Occasionally I will look inside paperbacks to see if they used my review in the front material. It runs about 50-50. Maybe The Oregonian isn't big enough. Maybe it's like the South Dakota News & Express or something...



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