Sharing Stories and Music


Spend a sentimental evening sharing stories and music.


Each person chooses their favourite three songs from different eras of their life, then shares a memory tied to each of the selected songs. You can have various song genres, for example holiday songs, rock, etc. Note: to stay safe, gathering in person must be only with those that you live with in the same household, otherwise you must gather virtually!


BONUS STORY FEATURE


Michael Tamblyn, CEO of Rakuten Kobo, reads "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry.



About "The Gift of the Magi"


"The Gift of the Magi" is a short story by O. Henry first published in 1905. The story tells of a young husband and wife and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money. As a sentimental story with a moral lesson about gift-giving, it has been popular for adaptation, especially for presentation at Christmas time. The plot and its twist ending are well-known, and the ending is generally considered an example of comic irony. It was allegedly written at Pete's Tavern[2] on Irving Place in New York City. The story was initially published in The New York Sunday World under the title "Gifts of the Magi" on December 10, 1905. It was first published in book form in the O. Henry Anthology The Four Million in April 1906.


About Michael Tamblyn


Michael is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Rakuten Kobo. Driving growth, profitability and international expansion in a fiercely competitive market, he combines a passion for reading with a deep focus on the hardware and software experiences that can make a customer’s reading life better. A passionate and engaging presenter and commentator, Michael speaks internationally on digital media, publishing and mobile technology and has been featured in the New Yorker, Wired, Canadian Business, National Post, Globe and Mail and the New York Times. Additionally, he oversees Rakuten’s other eReading businesses including OverDrive, the world leader in eBook services for libraries, and Aquafadas, a world leader in interactive publishing.


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