Emma Watson is hiding 100 copies of The Handmaid’s Tale in Paris as part of her “book fairy” duties.
The Harry Potter actress chose Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel after distributing 1,000 books around historical feminist sites in New York City for International Women’s Day on 8th March. The title is known as La Servante Écarlate in French and published by Pavillons Poche.
Watson shared the news on her Twitter account, @EmmaWatson, at around 2.30pm on Wednesday (21st June) and within half an hour the message had been ‘liked’ more than 8,000 times. She tweeted: “I'm hiding copies of The Handmaid's Tale in Paris! Je cache des copies de La Servante Ecarlate dans tout Paris! #OSSParis @the_bookfairies.”
The Book Fairies project was launched in March by Cordelia Oxley who also runs the similar scheme founded by London commuter Hollie Fraser, Books on the Underground. The Book Fairies now have more than 5,000 people sharing copies across 100 countries.
Oxley said: “We are thrilled to welcome Emma once again as a book fairy, this time in Paris. We are having fun finding great places to hide The Handmaid’s Tale and look forward to hearing from people who find them.”
The Handmaid’s Tale is published by Penguin Random House’s Vintage imprint in the UK. Last week it was revealed the title had soared into the Weekly E-Book Ranking following the airing of the TV adaptation on Channel 4 starring Elizabeth Moss as Offred and Joseph Fiennes as the Commander.
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