Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Family Business - an invitation from Unity Books
Distinguished mediaeval scholar Vincent Moleta spans a century of Italian-New Zealand history, and paints a lively picture of life in Island Bay, New Zealand’s ‘Little Italy’ from the 1900s to the 1960s: of the Catholic tennis club socials and the Fascist club meetings of the 1930s; of Italian weddings; and of the New Zealand tour of the Italian grand opera company in 1949. He weaves these events and themes into a moving account of the family’s moments of joy and sorrow up to 2004 with the death of his mother, Rosina Barnao Moleta.
The book sheds light on a little-understood strand in New Zealand’s post-colonial history, and the rich culture the Aeolian migrants brought with them.
Please join us to celebrate the release of Moleta’s latest work, launched by Vincent O’Sullivan. The regular drinks and nibbles will apply.
Thursday 18th October
6pm – 7.30pm
57 Willis Street, Wellington