Book Awards

The Parapsychological Association(PA) Book Award recognizes books in the field of parapsychology that make significant contributions to science and to the cultural conversation about the implications of parapsychology. New (no more than two years in print) and in-press books published in English, French, German, Spanish or Portuguese (including translations) are eligible for the award. Notable works in other languages may also be considered, given the availability of appropriate committee members to evaluate them.

Submissions for the award will be accepted from authors and publishers. The annual deadline is March 31st for recognition at the PA’s annual convention, but the committee accepts submissions year round. To submit a book for consideration, send a cover letter and PDF file to awards@parapsych.org. Please also send three paper copies, if available, to the Parapsychological Association, P.O. Box 14884, Columbus, OH 43214, USA.  

The PA Book Award committee will also accept nominations from PA members. Nominators should write one or two paragraphs about the merits of the book and the background of the author and send it to awards@parapsych.org. When a book is nominated by a PA member, the review committee chair may contact authors/publishers to request  copies of the book for consideration and evaluation.

PA Book Award winners will be invited to display a seal of the award on their book jackets and in all marketing materials. They will be recognized at the annual PA convention, and will receive a medal of the award seal.
 

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2021 PA Book Award Winner: "Irreducible Mind / Beyond Physicalism / Consciousness Unbound"

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
In addition to its individual 2021 book awards, the Parapsychological Association recognizes the scholarly anthology trilogy edited by Edward F. Kelly  and coauthors: Irreducible Mind: Toward a psychology for the 21st century Beyond ... More

2021 PA Book Award Winner: "Dark Cognition: Evidence for Psi and its Implications for Consciousness"

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
  David Vernon  is as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University . He leads research projects in telepathy, precognition, energy healing, scopaesthesia, and fields of consciousness. Dark Cognition: Evidence for Psi ... More

2021 PA Book Award Winner: "Mind Beyond Brain: Buddhism, Science, and the Paranormal"

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
  David E. Presti is a teaching professor of neurobiology, psychology, and cognitive science at the University of California , Berkeley. He also teaches neuroscience to Buddhist monks and nuns in India and Bhuta, and is also the author of ... More

2021 PA Book Award Winner: "Near-Death Experience in Indigenous Religions"

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
  Gregory Shushan , PhD, is a leading authority on near-death experiences and the afterlife across cultures and throughout history. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Religious Experience Research Centre, University of Wales Trinity Saint ... More

2021 PA Book Award Winner: "Signs of Reincarnation: Exploring Beliefs, Cases, and Theory"

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
  James G. Matlock , PhD, is an anthropologist and specialist in reincarnation studies. He coauthored with Erlendur Haraldsson the book titled  I Saw a Light and Came Here: Children's Experiences of Reincarnation . He is also a regular ... More

2019 PA Book Award Winner - Legitimacy of Unbelief: The Collected Papers of Piet Hein Hoebens

Last Updated: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Edited by Gerd H. Hövelmann & Hans Michels,  Legitimacy of Unbelief: The Collected Papers of Piet Hein Hoebens  a masterpiece of editorial care and circumspection. It is recommended for both people just entering the field and ... More

2019 PA Book Award Winner - A Short History of (Nearly) Everything Paranormal—Our Secret Powers: Telepathy, Clairvoyance and Precognition

Last Updated: Friday, April 17, 2020
Terje G. Simonsen is a Norwegian author and historian of ideas specializing in the esoteric and occult. His dissertation from the University of Oslo - written 1993, released as a book in 2001 - explores the historical premises and impact of the ... More

2018 PA Book Award Winner - Otherworlds: Psychedelics and Exceptional Human Experience

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
David Luke is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich, Past President of the Parapsychological Association, and co-author of numerous books and journal articles.  In his first solo book Otherworlds: Psychedelics and ... More

2017 PA Book Award Winner - Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
One could view Marjorie Woollacott's Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind  through two very different perspectives: it’s at once both scholarly and very enjoyable. The reader finds herself going back and forth between ... More

2017 PA Book Award Winner: Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Leslie Kean is an independent investigative journalist and author. Her new book, Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife , is an important vehicle for the parapsychological community in reaching out to the general public. She ... More

2017 PA Book Award Winner: Enquête sur 150 Ans de Parapsychologie en France

Enquête sur 150 Ans de Parapsychologie en France is a history of various aspects of French psychical research by Renaud Evrard. Evrard has much to say about many individuals, institutions, investigations, and issues, not to mention time periods, ... More

2016 PA Book Award Winner: Varieties of Anomalous Experience, 2nd Edition

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 2, 2017
In this revised and updated edition of Varieties of Anomalous Experience ,  edited by Etzel Cardeña , Steven Jay Lynn, and Stanley Krippner , contributors present a wide range of research on anomalous experiences, from commonly documented ... More

2016 PA Book Award Winner: Extrasensory Perception

Extrasensory Perception: Support, Skepticism and Science has won a Parapsychological Association Book Award.This two-volume tome, edited by Edwin May and Sonali Marwaha , will be a very important book and should be on the bookshelf of all serious readers ... More

2016 PA Book Award Winner: Ojos Invisibles

Last Updated: Monday, July 18, 2016
Ojos Invisibles: La Cruzada por la Conquista del Espiritu ( Invisible Eyes: The Crusade for the Conquest of the Spirit) is  a collection of high quality essays about various parapsychological topics. Most of the essays are new, although some are ... More

2016 PA Book Award Winner: Prometheus and Atlas

Last Updated: Monday, July 18, 2016
Prometheus and Atlas is an incredibly ambitious synthesis of western thought -- actually, global thought -- with a central place devoted to understanding the significance of what author Jason R. Jorjani calls The Spectral : outlaw phenomena that are not ... More
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