Legs, pygmy love queen and cheese

Via the Bookseller.com news:

If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs was crowned the winner of the Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year, after a record-breaking 8,500 votes (33%) online…..The runner-up is I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen (20%) and in 3rd place is Cheese Problems Solved (19%).

If this kind of thing is your cup of tea, you'll be pleased to know (via the same link) that Aurum Press is to publish a book celebrating 30 years of The Bookseller's Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year, a small-format hardback gift book, How to Avoid Huge Ships and Other Implausibly Titled Books, out in September." It will feature the original jackets of the best winners and runners-up since the prize was launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 1978". All for a mere £9.99.

Frank conversation with Frank Wilson

If you are in the Philadelphia area on 11 April, you are welcome to drop in for a date with Frank Wilson, the "(recently retired and much admired) book review editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer and (not retired at all but much admired) proprietor of Books, Inq". The "Frank conversation with Frank" is being hosted by Scott Stein, author of Mean Martin Manning, among other books, and is at 2 pm local time, Paul Peck Center, 3142 Market St, Drexel University, Philadelphia. According to Scott, topics to be covered could include:

—Book reviewing (maybe including how books get chosen, what writers and publishers do to guarantee that they will not be reviewed, how one gets to write reviews, what pressures a book review editor faces, what makes a book reviewer good)
—The Philadelphia Inquirer (including why Frank left)
—Declining space devoted to book reviews in newspapers across the country and the future of book reviewing
—Trends in book publishing and writing
—The state of journalism
—Blogging and how blogging intersects with any and all of the above (including what some see as the conflict between professional book reviewers and lit. bloggers and between professional reporters and news bloggers).

It sounds such fun, I really wish I could be there.