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S.I. Hayakawa Book Prize

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About the 2013 Competition

Competition for the Hayakawa Book Prize is open to any book published in the past five years on topics and themes of direct relevance to the discipline of general semantics, including time-binding, abstraction, language, symbols, meaning, communication, media, perception, consciousness, epistemology, scientific method, etc.

To nominate a book, send a letter of nomination and two copies of the book by August 31, 2013 to:

The Institute of General Semantics
72-11 Austin Street #233
Forest Hills, NY 11375

For more information, contact Martin H. Levinson, President of the Institute of General Semantics, via email at president (at) generalsemantics.org.

About the Prize

First awarded in 2009, 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. Awarded annually by the Institute of General Semantics, its presentation precedes the year’s Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture.

About S.I. Hayakawa

Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa (1906–1992) — popularly known as “S.I.” and familiarly known as “Don” — was the author of the best-selling general semantics text Language in Thought and Action, the founder of the International Society of General Semantics, and the first editor of ETC: A Review of General Semantics. Dr. Hayakawa was also a college president, a United States senator from California, and an expert on traditional jazz.

Previous Winners


Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle (Basic Books, 2012)


The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert (Henry Hold and Co., 2014)


In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S.I. Hayakawa by Gerald and Janice Haslam (Bison Books, 2011)


Uncapping Family Wisdom: Recognizing, Treating, and Reconciling Transgenerational Dysfunction by Sandra Pate (Phillip Monroe Publishing, 2011)


Korzybski: A Biography by Bruce I. Kodish (Pasadena, CA: Extensional Publishing, 2011)


Graymanship: The Management of Organizational Imperfection by Bob Eddy (Lake Mary, FL: GIST Publishing Co., 2010)


Hidden Side of Babel: Unveiling Cognition, Intelligence and Sense by Laura Bertone (Buenos Aries: Evolución, 2006)

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