The S. I. Hayakawa Book Prize
The Hayakawa Book Prize goes to an outstanding work on a topic of direct relevance to general semantics.
Awarded by the Institute of General Semantics, it is presented annually at the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture.
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.
First given in 2009, the Institute of General Semantics awards the S. I. Hayakawa Book Prize to the most outstanding work published in the past five years on topics of direct relevance to the discipline of general semantics.
The prize includes a cash award of $1,000.
Competition for the annual 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:
To nominate a book, send a letter of nomination and three copies of the book by August 31st of the nomination year to:
Martin H. Levinson
Institute of General Semantics
Attn: Hayakawa Prize
72-11 Austin Street #233
Forest Hills, NY 11375
For more information on the Hayakawa Book Prize, contact IGS.
General Semantics: A Critical Companion
Edited by Deepa Mishra
(Pencraft International, 2014)
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)
Presentation & Acceptance Video
Uncapping Family Wisdom: Recognizing, Treating, and Reconciling Transgenerational Dysfunction
by Sandra Pate
(Phillip Monroe Publishing, 2011)