The 2022 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book of the Year

There are all kinds of book awards, from best debut to funniest fiction.  One, however, judges a book strictly by its cover—or, more specifically, what words are on that cover.  Since 1978, the Diagram Prize has recognized book titles that are odd, surprising, and downright absurd.  Organized and announced by the The Bookseller, the prizewinner is chosen by public vote.

Among this year's six nominated books, the winner took almost 40% of the the vote, "putting a clean pair of stilettos between it and the second-place finisher" the Bookseller reported.  And which book took the prize?



RuPedagogies of Realness: Essays on Teaching and Learning With RuPaul's Drag Race

Edited by Lindsay Bryde and Tommy Mayberry

An academic yet accessible look at the cultural importance of RuPaul Charles’ global reality TV hit, and what the show teaches its viewers.   



Nominated books:

Frankenstein Was a Vegetarian: Essays on Food Choice, Identity, and Symbolism Jane Austen and the Buddha: Teachers of Enlightenment The Many Lives of Scary Clowns: Essays on Pennywise, Twisty, the Joker, Krusty and More Smuggling Jesus Back into the Church What Nudism Exposes: An Unconventional History of Postwar Canada


Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of next year's nominees, and cast your vote for your pick!



If you'd like to learn a little bit more about the Diagram Prize, read Leo's article about last year's prize