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Noam Chomsky, 19th October 1997
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September 18, 2017 posted by Unity Wellington

Noam Chomsky, 19th October 1997

Advance notice from Judith Bird that Noam Chomsky was to be touring. When the lecture occurred the queue stretched down the street.

Card from Sue Harris, Christmas 1993
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September 18, 2017 posted by Unity Wellington

Card from Sue Harris, Christmas 1993

A card from Sue Harris acknowledging the chaos of Unity at Christmas and asking “Is Tilly still there”? She’s still here now, Sue! Although there have been gaps in her…

Transworld Christmas card, 1995
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September 18, 2017 posted by Unity Wellington

Transworld Christmas card, 1995

An example of why publishers should maybe stick to publishing books and not take up the re-writing of Christmas Carols.

Note from Jessica Hodgson, 27th March 1999
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September 18, 2017 posted by Unity Wellington

Note from Jessica Hodgson, 27th March 1999

The benefits of having staff who write or are related to writers is demonstrated here. Jessica Hodgson was able to phone her grandfather, Lloyd Geering, to help supply a customer…

Letter of Support, 26th March 1998
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September 18, 2017 posted by Unity Wellington

Letter of Support, 26th March 1998

A letter from Cecilia Johnson to The Readers & Writers committee expressing dismay that the chosen bookseller for the festival was Whitcoulls. She would have preferred it to be Unity…

Margaret Mahy & Big Al’s Tulip, 1990
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September 18, 2017 posted by Unity Wellington

Margaret Mahy & Big Al’s Tulip, 1990

International Criminal Mastermind and children’s author Margaret Mahy wrote this note on a scrap of envelope to let Unity staff know she’d stolen a copy of her book The Downhill…

Start of Library Supply, 11th June 1996
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September 18, 2017 posted by Unity Wellington

Start of Library Supply, 11th June 1996

A letter from Heather McKenzie to publishers, informing them of a new contract to supply Wellington City Libraries with books, and requesting their assistance in fulfilling their requirements. We still…