If you live in London and ride the tube, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Harry Potter star Emma Watson.
The actress and advocate has been hiding copies of Maya Angelou’s novel Mom & Me & Mom throughout the tube network. The book is the current selection in Watson’s online book club Our Shared Shelf, which brings readers together from all over the world to discuss a new feminist novel every two months. And as part of the Books on the Underground project, Watson has been hiding copies of the book on the London underground.
Each copy of the book contains a hand-written letter from the actress, who is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. Commuters who find the books are encouraged to “take special care” of the book, read it, and “please leave it on the tube again for someone else to find.” 100 copies of Angelou’s memoir were distributed on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
The 26-year-old actress launched Our Shared Self on Goodreads in January.
“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 … I decided to start a feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too.”
BRB, signing up for Our Shared Shelf right now.