It’s a literary lottery of sorts – this week, free books by popular Aussie women writers will be left on buses, trains, trams and ferries in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne.

Featured authors include Maxine Beneba Clarke, Nicole Haddow, Kitty Flanagan, Gabbie Stroud, Claire Bowditch, Carly Findlay, Anita Heiss and Jamila Rizvi – and they’ll personally be depositing the signed copies of their books for you to find.

The giveaway is being conducted by Books on the Rail, an organisation that leaves books on public transport for readers to take home, read and then re-share. This latest drop, in honour of International Women’s Day (on Sunday March 8), aims to encourage people to read more books by local female authors. Books on the Rail was founded by Aussie authors Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus in 2016.

Commuters can track the upcoming drop on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Previous giveaways have included Love by Zoë Foster Blake, The Coconut Children by Vivian Pham and About a Girl by Georgie Stone.

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