TIME celebrities

Emma Watson Is Hiding Free Books in New York City’s Subway Now

It's going international

New Yorkers, watch out for sightings of Emma Watson and free books today on your daily subway commute: the Harry Potter actress, women’s rights advocate, and bona fide book fairy is distributing copies of Mom & Me & Mom, a Maya Angelou autobiography, around the city’s transit system as part of her “Our Shared Shelf” global feminist book club. Last week, Watson was seen popping around London’s underground doing the same thing, dropping copies of the paperback for passersby with sharp eyes to snag at will. For her efforts on our side of the pond, the upcoming Beauty and the Beast star partnered with Books on the Subway, a free-form grassroots book exchange. And her activity hasn’t gone unnoticed; even Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling sent her a message of support.

Tap to read full story

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com


Dear TIME Reader,

As a regular visitor to TIME.com, we are sure you enjoy all the great journalism created by our editors and reporters. Great journalism has great value, and it costs money to make it. One of the main ways we cover our costs is through advertising.

The use of software that blocks ads limits our ability to provide you with the journalism you enjoy. Consider turning your Ad Blocker off so that we can continue to provide the world class journalism you have become accustomed to.

The TIME Team