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

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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.

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