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Emma Watson leaves books at NYC's Gertrude Stein statue for IWD

The ‘Beauty and the Beast’ star and other ‘book fairies’ are leaving feminist gifts around the world

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In celebration of this year’s International Women’s Day, actress and activist Emma Watson’s feminist book club Our Shared Shelf is partnering with the charity The Book Fairies and Books on the Underground in order to promote and spread feminist literature around the globe.

On Wednesday, the Beauty and the Beast actress dropped off books in New York City at a statue honoring Gertrude Stein, the American author and poet whose best-known works include her novels The Making of Americans and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.

Books have also popped up in cities all over the world, with dedicated fairies traipsing from London to Berlin, to Bratislava, and even Dubai and Auckland. There have been droves of fairies leaving copies of Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel, Persepolis, Gloria Steinem’s memoir, My Life on the Road, Caitlin Moran’s memoir, How to Be a Woman, and Maya Angelou’s final autobiography, Mom & Me & Mom. Watson promoted Angelou’s work in 2016 as part of her book hiding endeavors when she left copies for London Underground readers to discover.

If you want to be one of the more than 175,000 members of Our Shared Shelf, all you need is a Goodreads account before you can join on the official page. This month’s book is Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés.