The Book

First released in 2012, and authored by Livia Malcangio, book Being Nobel explores the challenging stories of recent Nobel Peace Laureates through inspiring biographies and intimate interviews.

Why did Livia write this book?

Because the Nobel Peace Prize is a source of inspiration and hope for people around the world, it reminds us of the power of individual and collective action in creating positive change. It honours the courageous and selfless work of those who have dedicated their lives to the cause of peace and encourages us all to work towards a more peaceful and just world.

With the generous support of print houses and publishers throughout the world, Being Nobel has been distributed to thousands of students attending World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates, with the intention of helping them prepare for high-level interactions with the Nobel Peace Laureates during workshops and interviews included in the peace education programme “Leading by Example”.

The book serves as a “NOBELPEDIA” and it is frequently used as an academic resource for students pursuing studies in international affairs and human rights, both at high schools and universities.

Being Nobel has been arranged continent by continent, with separate chapters dedicated to each Laureate. Everyone is illustrated by vivid PHOTOGRAPHY and illuminated in equally compelling text. In emotional interviews, the reader will find true inspiration and several unifying traits: courage, dedication, and selflessness.

Throughout the pages of Being Nobel, readers also learn about solidarity actions of influential CELEBRITIES connected to each Laureate and who are using their fame to support humanitarian causes interrelated with the Nobel Peace Laureates.

The groundbreaking stories of the International CHILDREN’S PEACE PRICE winners are also reported. By receiving this yearly world-renowned recognition from a Nobel Peace Laureate, these incredibly courageous kids get an outstanding permanent platform to speak out for children’s rights.

“In the book Being Nobel, each Laureate is connected to a celebrity. I chose my compatriot Rakhshan Bani-E’temad, an independent filmmaker in Iran, a swimmer in a huge ocean who is struggling very hard to keep afloat. For her movies, she gets inspiration from society, from real life, and she tries to represent it.”

Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Laureate 2003

Shirin Ebadi
Ekaterina Zagladina

“Book Being Nobel represents an invaluable educational tool for our students from 14 to 90 years old, and serves as a Nobelpedia for those pursuing studies in international affairs and human rights, both at high schools and universities connected to the Leading by Example programme.”

Ekaterina Zagladina
President of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

“The indigenous people never had, and still do not have, the place that they should have occupied in the progress and benefits of science and technology, although they represented an important basis for this development.”

Rigoberta Menchu
Nobel Peace Laureate 1992

Rigoberta Menchu
Kailash Satyarthi

“This is a book of inspiration, courage, love, compassion, resilience and all the human qualities which every Nobel Laureate has in different way.”

Kailash Satyarthi
obel Peace Laureate 2014

“This book, Being Nobel by Livia Malcangio, enables readers to learn more about recent Nobel Laureates, most of them still living, and each of whom has the potential to make some positive contributions to society. Each of their stories vividly shows how an individual can make a difference. Positive change in the world occurs because of the combined efforts of individuals and it is something in which we can all take part.”

His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Nobel Peace Laureate 1989

Leymah Gbowee

“I believe in the power of writing, I believe in the power of telling stories because I think it is through these stories picturing these people, that young people get inspired. So I honestly think that Being Nobel is a really great book.”

Leymah Gbowee
Nobel Peace Laureate 2011

“I am thrilled that this book is published in Colombia, thanks to the energy and devotion of its author Livia Malcangio, who gathered the experiences, words, and stories that help explain the efforts led by the various laureates. This is a book that not only inspires, but also teaches. It serves as a beacon to new generations, reaffirming the principle that change is possible as long as there are good men and women committed to achieving it. It is only by learning from each other and working together that we can turn humankind into a family that can live in peace.”

Juan Manuel Santos
Nobel Peace Laureate 2016

Leymah Gbowee
Livia Malcangio and Mikhail Gorbachev

“The play on words in the title is quite thought-provoking because in order to effect positive change in this world, you should aspire to have A NOBLE SPIRIT. The winners of the Nobel Peace Prize have shown themselves to possess qualities of the highest moral character such as courage, generosity and compassion.” 

Mikhail Gorbachev
Nobel Peace Laureate 1990

“Thank you to Livia Malcangio for telling our stories to the world in this wonderful volume, I am sure that book Being Nobel will encourage students to learn more about peace negotiation, social justice, and human rights.”

FW De Klerk
Nobel Peace Laureate 1993

Livia Malcangio and FW De Klerk
Jose Ramos-Horta and Livia Malcangio

“While reading Being Nobel, it reminded me of the challenges that each of the Nobel Peace Laureates had to face, the difficulties to achieve peace, and also to secure peace once it is achieved, because often peace is fragile and it’s not just a decree or a law, it has to deal with people’s emotions, with political leadership, with the community, and with other nations.”

José Ramos-Horta
Nobel Peace Laureate 1996

“If you want to know everything about Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Peace Prize and how its recipients have changed part of the world, you just need to read book Being Nobel.”

David Trimble
Nobel Peace Laureate 1998

Livia Malcangio and David Trimble

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10 years writing for peace

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