Emma Watson has shared a picture and video of herself hiding books on the London Underground.
Earlier this year the actress and activist set up her own online feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf. It now has nearly 150,000 members.
The club’s latest recommendation is Mom & Me & Mom, a 2013 memoir by renowned author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.
Sharing a picture of herself with copies of the book on the tube yesterday (November 1), Watson wrote: “I’ve been hiding copies of Mom & Me & Mom for @booksontheunderground on the tube today! See if you can find one tomorrow!”
The BBC reports that Watson left 100 books on the London Underground, all containing a special note from the actress.
— Lynz Scribbles (@lynzscribbles) November 1, 2016
The giveaway was part of the Books on the Underground programme, whereby so-called “book fairies” leave books to be found by passengers. The idea is that when a passenger has finished the book, (s)he leaves it on the underground again to be found and read by someone else.
Explaining why she set up Our Shared Shelf earlier this year, Watson wrote: “As part of my work with UN Women, I have started reading as many books and essays about equality as I can get my hands on. There is so much amazing stuff out there! Funny, inspiring, sad, thought-provoking, empowering!”
“I’ve been discovering so much that, at times, I’ve felt like my head was about to explode,” she continued. “I decided to start a Feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too.”