Emma Watson hides books in Paris

PARIS • Harry Potter star Emma Watson spent Thursday hiding copies of Margaret Atwood's classic novel, The Handmaid's Tale, across Paris to promote feminism.

"I'm hiding copies all over Paris," the actress, best known for playing Hermione Granger, said on Twitter.

Atwood's 1985 novel - which has been turned into a hit television series starring Elisabeth Moss of Mad Men fame - is about a dystopian world where women are reduced to being the child-bearing slaves of male masters.

The British actress - a United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador - left about 100 copies of the book across Paris, according to the website of Livres Hebdo magazine.

Watson, 27, set up the feminist reading group, Our Shared Shelf, last year. It has drawn nearly 200,000 members.

She carried out a similar exercise in November last year, leaving copies of Maya Angelou's memoir, Mom & Me & Mom, on the London Underground, and in New York in March.

The idea is that readers might chance upon the books and be inspired by them.

To make sure all the books are found, Twitter account The Book Fairies has been leaving clues on the whereabouts of the copies.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2017, with the headline 'Emma Watson hides books in Paris'. Print Edition | Subscribe