Watch: “A special and unique Malta Book Festival this year”

In view of the risks posed by hosting a mass event during the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Book Council (NBC)’s Malta Book Festival will not be taking place in its traditional brick-and-mortar form, but will be moving online.

The NBC is working towards delivering the same level of experiences between readers, authors and publishers that the community has come to expect of the Malta Book Festival, but in a shape that reflects all the latest guidance and safety protocols. 

In this new series, Coryse Borg speaks to the local publishing houses which are taking part in the Malta Book Festival 2020 virtual edition.

In today’s episode, Joseph Mizzi from Klabb Kotba Maltin/Midsea Books, Chris Gruppetta from Merlin Publishers and David Bezzina and MaryAnn Vella from Horizons speak about the events that they are organising during this year’s festival.

The events by Klabb Kotba Maltin/Midsea Books include a presentation by Prof Conrad Thake on ‘Funerary art in Malta: The Addolorata Cemetery’, Josianne Block presenting her first book for Young Adults ‘360 mod Kif Tgħid Storja’ and ‘Msakkra’ – Immanuel Mifsud and Toni Sant speak about what inspired them and brought them together during the pandemic.

Merlin Publishers‘ participation includes events for both adults and children. You can find their full programme here.

Horizons have the following virtual book launches: ‘Easeful Death’ – a novel which was written in Spanish by Marta Obiols Fornell, who lives in Gozo (the book has been translated to English by Fr Mark Montebello), ‘In-Nar Ghandu Isem’ – a sequel to the much acclaimed ‘Thabbat Xtaqtek’ by Gioele Galea, ‘Muzajci tat-Tafal’ – short stories by Joe Camilleri, an art critic from Gozo and ‘Bejn Storja u Miti – Trevor Zahra’. This is the eighth book in a series dedicated to well known Maltese personalities such as Dun Victor Grech and Mabel Strickland. The series is edited by Sergio Grech.

The Malta Book Festival will take place between the 11th and 15th November. The full programme may be accessed here.

This series produced by was made possible thanks to a grant by the National Book Council