Author Archives: Unity Wellington

Romania Donations, 21st June 1933
NZ Book Trade
September 12, 2017 posted by Unity Wellington

Romania Donations, 21st June 1933

After Daniela Crasnaru made a visit to New Zealand for Writers and Readers Week, she made a plea in The Evening Post for help getting children’s books for Romania, where…

Packing Slip, 1992
Backstage
September 12, 2017 posted by Unity Wellington

Packing Slip, 1992

A packing slip from Baker & Taylor identifies the packer, a hand written addendum identifies the unpacker and his current state of mind.

Penguin Invoice, 27th July 1991
Backstage
September 12, 2017 posted by Unity Wellington

Penguin Invoice, 27th July 1991

The Troublesome Invoice of Penguin Books – a example of when orders go bad. Wrong formats, un-recognised classic titles, mystery orders…

Jo Harris letter, 27th January 1989
Backstage
September 12, 2017 posted by Unity Wellington

Jo Harris letter, 27th January 1989

“Life is a Barrel of Fun” – A distressed new bookshop owner laments her fate as the list of things to do during the countdown to opening day increases while…

Vincent O’Sullivan Launch, 1st June 1988
Launches
September 12, 2017 posted by Unity Wellington

Vincent O’Sullivan Launch, 1st June 1988

Invitation to the launch of issue 9/10 of untold – a journal of New Zealand literature, published by untold books and launched by Vincent O’Sullivan at Unity Books.

Alan Preston, 1985
Backstage
September 12, 2017 posted by Unity Wellington

Alan Preston, 1985

Alan Preston wheels a trolley load of books into the shop at 40-42 Willis Street during Writer’s Week, 1985. Penguin Books’ Tony Harkins is on the left. He’s smiling because…