“Living Proof: Telling Your Story to Make a Difference” Wins Nautilus Silver Book Award

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“Living Proof,” the first comprehensive guide to preparing and sharing personal stories as an advocate for a cause or organization, has garnered its third major award.

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Living Proof Wins Silver Book Award in Social Change Category

“Living Proof: Telling Your Story to Make a Difference” has won the 2013 Nautilus Silver Book Award in the Social Change category. Published by Granville Circle Press, the book is co-authored by John Capecci and Timothy Cage, communication professionals who’ve helped thousands of advocates and hundreds of organizations share their stories to engage audiences, raise awareness, change behaviors and fundraise.

The step-by-step guide to “story advocacy” was also named a “Best of 2012” by Kirkus Reviews and was a finalist in the USA Book Awards in the Social Change category. “Living Proof” helps speakers at all levels understand the “Five Qualities of Effective Advocacy Stories” with topics such as Why and When Stories Work, Finding and Focusing Your Story, Hooks and Headlines, Delivering Powerful Presentations and Giving Great Media Interviews. The book also features real-life stories and useful insights from advocates from all walks of life, including:

  • Loren Vaillancourt, former Miss South Dakota, who, after her brother was killed in an accident involving a distracted driver, became a national advocate for stricter driving laws.
  • Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water, who tells his story of transformation to gain support for bringing clean water to developing nations.
  • Theresa Greenleaf, a Brooklyn mom, who advocated for allergen-free school lunches in order to protect children who have allergies or asthma.

The Nautilus Book Awards recognize books that promote positive social change, spiritual development and conscious living as they stimulate the imagination and inspire the reader to new possibilities for a better world. Usually, one Gold and one or more Silver awards are given annually in each of 28 categories. Past Nautilus Award winners have included the Dalai Lama, Barbara Kingsolver, Dr. Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra.


“Living Proof: Telling Your Story to Make a Difference” ($21.95, softcover, 212 pages, 6"x9". ISBN 978-0-9838703-0-2 Granville Circle Press) by John Capecci and Tim Cage is a step-by-step guide on how to prepare and share life stories to advocate for causes or organizations. It is available at independent booksellers and major online bookstores. Capecci and Cage are communication professionals with offices in Minneapolis and New York. To read a sample of “Living Proof” and to learn about Living Proof Advocacy Training, visit livingproofadvocacy.com.

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