Private: Writers attend World Economic Forum

Nadine Gordimer, Paul Theroux, Kazuo Ishiguro, Paolo Coelho, Amitav Ghosh, and Homi K. Bhabha were among the writers and scholars attending this year’s World Economic Forum:

Would writers, were they not writers, find work only as cabdrivers — and angry cabdrivers at that? Can the written word somehow soften the sinews of Big Capital?

Novelists and authors were urged to ponder such imponderables as the World Economic Forum here, normally the place for the globe’s power brokers, sought to expand its complement of foreign and economic policy makers by inviting writers….