Did you just find a Maya Angelou novel on the subway? Did it improve your commute? If so, you should thank Emma Watson.
The “Beauty and the Beast” star hit the underground this week to encourage straphangers to put away their phones and open up a good book. With a rucksack of books and a camera, Watson hid Maya Angelou’s “Mom & Me & Mom” behind pipes and in corners — a book she describes as “one of my favorite books of all time.”
“So if you’re on the subway, and you find a copy of this book, read it, please, and then bring it back for someone else to find. Pass on the good deed and the love. There’s a new library happening!” Watson told Vanity Fair, which organized the stunt along the 23rd Street C and E line.
In 2015, Watson joined the organization Books on the Underground, a London-based organization that secretly plants books on public transport, which inspired here to do the same in NYC.
Watch the video of Watson’s surreptitious subway activities below.