Happy #WorldBookDay. As we celebrate the world’s great literary masterworks, here’s a look back over the first 12 months of our World Economic Forum Book Club – and 12 inspiring authors whose wit and insight have made our lives richer.

Joanne Lipman

“The reality is that even today, being male is the norm. Being female is the outlier."

That's What She Said, 2018

Steven Pinker

"It’s in the nature of progress that it erases its tracks, and its champions fixate on the remaining injustices and forget how far we have come."

Enlightenment Now, 2018

Melissa Fleming

"I have something important to discuss with you. I want us to go to Europe. We have no future here. We're stuck, and we can't go back to Syria."

A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea, 2017

Saadia Zahidi

"More young Muslim women work and earn an income than ever before in the history of Islam. Through this simple but unprecedented act, they have changed their own destiny, the future of their economies, the shape of their societies, and perhaps even the world."

Fifty Million Rising, 2018

Elif Shafak

“The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.”

Three Daughters of Eve, 2016

Elif Shafak, Author, Turkey speaking at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 18, 2017Copyright by World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle
Image: Greg Beadle

Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund

"There’s no room for facts when our minds are occupied by fear."

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, 2018

Mariana Mazzucato

"To offer real change we must go beyond fixing isolated problems, and develop a framework that allows us to shape a new type of economy: one that will work for the common good."

The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy, 2017

Yuval Noah Harari

"Questions you cannot answer are usually far better for you than answers you cannot question.”

21 Lessons for the 21st Century, 2018

Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms

"Those with new power values are less committed but more affiliative - and that's a paradox many old power institutions are now grappling with."

New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World, 2018

Walter Isaacson

"Leonardo’s relentless curiosity and experimentation should remind us of the importance of instilling, in both ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it—to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.”

Leonardo Da Vinci, 2017

Parag Khanna

"Asianization may be the most significant demographic megatrend of the twenty-first century."

The Future is Asian, 2019

Beth Comstock

"You just have to believe two things: 1) tomorrow can be better than today, and 2) you have the power to make it so. You are not a robot. You’re a change-maker. You can do this."

Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change, 2018

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