The Book Fairies, a worldwide group that leaves books as gifts in places including buses and park benches, has been working a little magic in the Seattle area. Next they plan to drop copies of Seattle author Rachel Linden’s “Ascension of Larks” in several West Coast cities.
Think of them as Tinkerbells bearing books. The Book Fairies, a worldwide organization devoted to book-sharing, has been working a little magic in the Seattle area for the past six months. Maybe you’ve found a book, tied up with green ribbon and bearing a Book Fairies sticker, on the bus or on a park bench? Maybe you read it and loved it and passed it along? Then you believe in Book Fairies. (If you haven’t found one yet, keep your eyes peeled.)
Anna Gamble, a 29-year-old resident of West Seattle, is our state’s Official Book Fairy — and she came to it by way of someone who’s also known for a little magic. Emma Watson, famously Hermione in the “Harry Potter” movies, helped launch The Book Fairies worldwide back in March of this year, for International Women’s Day. Based in London, the organization was founded by Cordelia Oxley, who was inspired to take her work with Books on the Underground (a five-year-old London program of leaving books for travelers on public transit, to encourage reading) international.
“It came up on my Instagram, because I follow (Watson),” said Gamble. “It just melded with me. I’m slightly obsessed with books, and slightly obsessed with fairies, so a perfect combination!” She quickly became a regular Book Fairy, and in May was contacted by Oxley and asked to take on the job of managing Washington state.
Being an Official Book Fairy essentially means managing several social-media accounts (check out bookfairies_seattle on Instagram for some recent book sightings) and fielding questions from people in the area. And, of course, leaving books all over town. Gamble said there are perhaps 10 to 15 additional Book Fairies who regularly drop in the Seattle area.
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To be a Book Fairy, you don’t need wings — just a package of stickers from the organization’s site, ibelieveinbookfairies.com (sent from the U.K., it costs just under $7 including shipping; the green ribbons are extra). A Book Fairy can drop any book that he or she enjoyed, or can participate in a campaign for a specific book or region. Recently, Margaret Atwood’s “The…