Trivia: Kathleen Meyers won literary award for “How To Shit In The Woods”

Kathleen Meyers' "How To Shit In The Woods"By Kate E. Stephenson

Undoubtedly, the Diagram Prize is one of the more outlandish literary awards out there. Originally intended as a bit of levity during the serious business of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year is awarded annually by The Bookseller, a British trade magazine. Leave it to those Brits to concoct this bit of maniacal malarkey. Even better, leave it to a Kate to come up with one of the best titles out of 30 years of winners!

To give you an idea of the tough competition, here is a sampling of some of my favorite Diagram-winning titles:

  • 1978: Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice (University of Tokyo Press)
  • 1981: Last Chance at Love: Terminal Romances
  • 1985: Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Power: How to Increase the Other 90% of Your Mind to Increase the Size of Your Breasts (Westwood Publishing Co)
  • 1993: American Bottom Archaeology (University of Illinois Press)
  • 2000: High Performance Stiffened Structures (Professional Engineering Publishing)

But now, I give you Kathleen Meyers and her 1989 Diagram-prize winning book: “How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art.” And before you ask, Yes! This is a real book. In fact, it has a 4 ½ star rating on Amazon in its second edition. And the third edition was released in 2011. Apparently shitting is an eco-friendly literary element. Go figure.

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3 thoughts on “Trivia: Kathleen Meyers won literary award for “How To Shit In The Woods”

  1. katetorg says:

    I sincerely hope never to have to purchase this book.

  2. expliKate says:

    I totally have written a sonnet called “How to Pee in the Woods” for my Senior Writing portfolio. Kates think alike!

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