Join the Faraxa fun at the Malta Book Festival

Elizabeth Guyon Spennato

Book lovers of all ages are invited  to this week’s highly-anticipated Malta Book Festival organised by the National Book Council between Wednesday 6th November and Sunday 10th November 2019 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre.

Entrance for this year’s edition is free for everyone.

This year, the Faraxa team has designed a programme full of fun activities, promotional offers, exclusive book launches and meet the author sessions making this year’s edition a must-visit for reading enthusiasts of all ages.

Visitors will benefit from special discounts on a collection of favourite Faraxa books and meet plenty of Faraxa authors for book signing sessions including Elizabeth Guyon Spennato who will introduce her children’s book The Dream Life of Little Paul on Saturday from 4.00 to 5.00 pm, Kirsten Spiteri who will be meeting fans of his latest book ‘In the Land of Marigolds’ on Sunday from 10.00 to 11.00 am, Jennifer Spagnol who will be signing copies of her latest Maltese novel published by Faraxa titled Isabelle on Sunday from 4.00 to 5.00 pm and author of the extraordinary debut autobiography Son of a Reluctant Immigrant Leon Zawadzki will be on the Faraxa stand at the National Book Fair on Thursday 7th November at 6.00 pm. 

Faraxa’s celebrating the launch of two brand new publications during this year’s edition of the National Book Fair. These include the 19th translation from the Faraxa Translation Series titled Il-Maqlub u s-Sewwa (L’envert et l’endroit) by Albert Camus  and translated into Maltese by Toni Aquilina and a new children’s book, Ġikkur: Nifs ‘il ġewwa u ieħor ‘il barra, immedita ħalli tikkalma by Cedric Chircop where the main character Ġikkur teaches children how to get rid of anxiety and fear by using the art of diaphragmatic breathing.

Children are invited to visit the Faraxa Stand on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 am to 12 pm and 2.00 to 4.00 pm for tons of learning fun with the team at Zebbug Learning Centre. Young guests will also get to meet some of their favourite authors including Naila Neymatova (The Giraffe’s New Scarf) Florina Silvio, (The Pin and the Tin), Claudia Micallef (Amber u l-Mantell l-Aħmar), Elizabeth Guyon Spennato (The Dream Life of Little Paul).

Joanne Micallef

Founder of Faraxa Publishing Joanne Micallef is eager to meet aspiring authors and discover some of the island’s hidden talent during this year’s very first literary speed dating event  on Friday 8th November from 5.30 to 6.30 pm at the Authors’ Hub, Sacra Infermeria. This is a unique opportunity for individuals who would like their work to be published to pitch their publication, discuss the publishing process and discover why Faraxa has become home for some of the most talented authors of our time. 

The beautiful book Oliver Friggieri – L-Istudji Poetiċi (1989-2019) compiled by Andrew Sciberras and Amanda Busuttil will be available exclusively at the Faraxa Stand. This publication comes highly recommended and is an exceptional gift idea for book lovers who have an appreciation for the works of the legendary Oliver Friggieri. ‘The Dystopian’ novella by John A. Bonello The Taár (It-Taár) available in both English and Maltese will also be available exclusively at the Faraxa Stand. 

The Malta Book Festival has now established itself as one of the biggest cultural events revolving around books and reading. Sponsored and operated by Malta Public Transport, for the first time this year a free shuttle service will be available for the public – daily and every thirty minutes. You may park your car in Floriana and catch the MBF free bus from Bay A Valletta Terminus to the Mediterranean Conference Centre.

Opening times are Wednesday 6th November:  09.00 am to 1.00 pm, 5.30 – 9.30 pm, Thursday 7th November: 09.00 am to 1.00 pm, 5.30 – 9.30 pm , Friday 8th November: 09.00 am to 1.00 pm, 5.30 to 10.00 pm , Saturday 9th November: 9.30 am to 10.30 pm and Sunday 10th November: 8.30 am to 8.00 pm.

This content was supplied by Faraxa Publishing.