The Institute of General Semantics is pleased to announce that its judges have selected In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S. I. Hayakawa by Gerald and Janice Haslam as the winner of the 2013 Samuel I. Hayakawa Book Prize.
The Hayakawa Book Prize goes to the most outstanding work published in the past five years on topics of direct relevance to the discipline of general semantics, and includes a cash award of $1,000.
This intimate and detailed biography of the man whose popular book Language in Thought and Action is used as an introduction to general semantics for high-school and college students today draws on interviews with friends and family members, as well as Hayakawa’s own papers and journals, to bring this controversial and fascinating figure to life.
He was an enigma to colleagues as well as adversaries, a Republican senator who consistently bucked his party’s ideals with his support of the women’s movement, abortion rights, and even Ronald Reagan’s search for a female running mate. The son of Japanese immigrants, born and raised in Canada before moving to the United States, Hayakawa emerges here as a complex and complicated figure. His blend of heritage, politics, artistic inclination, and intellectual achievement makes him quintessentially American.
The Hayakawa Book Prize will be presented to Gerald and Janice Haslam at the 61st Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture on October 25, 2013, at the Princeton Club in New York City.
In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S. I. Hayakawa is published by Bison Books and is available for purchase from the IGS Store.