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Christmas Eve holiday readings
, Courier Staff Writer
Thursday, December 20, 2012 10:00 AM
A half hour of holiday stories and poems will be performed and broadcast on local radio on Christmas Eve.
Village Lights Bookstore will host the second annual reading of literary favorites beginning at 9 p.m. on WORX 96.7 FM.
Three selections including "Letters from Father Christmas," "The Gift of the Magi" and "A Visit from Saint Nicholas" will be read throughout the program.
Nathan Montoya, co-owner of Village Lights Bookstore, said the bookstore began the tradition last year.
This year, Montoya will be joined by Jim Stark, artistic director of Riverrun Theatre Company and professor of theater at Hanover College, and long-time Madison resident Jack Ramey, a poet and professor of English at Indiana University Southeast for the readings.
Stark will read selections from "Letters from Father Christmas," which was written by J.R.R. Tolkien between 1920 and 1942. Tolkien wrote the letters to his children, and the letters also helped to form the basis of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings," which he authored.
The collection of letters by Tolkien feature stories of life at the North Pole, including tales about the reindeer running loose and scattering presents, an accident-prone North Polar Bear that fell through the roof of Father Christmas' house and more.
"The Gift of the Magi," a tale of selfless love and sacrifice that was first published in 1906 by O. Henry, will be read during the program by Ramey.
The story follows a young married couple as they deal with challenges of buying secret Christmas gifts for one another with very little money during the holiday season.
The program will end with Montoya reading Clement Clarke Moore's "A Visit from Saint Nicholas." The poem was first published in 1823.
Montoya and two others read three stories last year during the program, but the only story making a return to this year's program will be "A Visit from Saint Nicholas," also known as "The Night Before Christmas."
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