Watch: Events for all ages at this year’s Malta Book Festival

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 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, Joanne Micallef from Faraxa and Tony Aquilina from Miranda Publishers speak about the events that they are organising during this year’s festival.

Faraxa Publishing offers a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. Emphasising quality rather than quantity, nonfiction works include academic publications, translated works by world-renowned authors, reference books, textbooks and workbooks. Fiction works include short stories, novels, picture storybooks for children, young adult literature and poetry. Faraxa’s events at the Malta Book Festival include a talk by Prof. Toni Aquilina on the importance of research when translating established authors. He will be concentrating mainly on Albert Camus’s works, most of which he has translated into Maltese and is in the process of publishing gradually in the Faraxa Translation Series, as well as an interview with Maryrose Mifsud, translator of Anne Frank’s Diary. There will also be an activity for children where Sperillu will be interviewed; Sperillu being a snail from the book ‘Sperillu and the Soil Gazette’, which deals with environmental protection, penned by Natasha Turner and illustrations by Cynthia Sammut, with scientific information by Arnold and Jeffrey Sciberras and a preface by Prof. Alan Deidun.

The type of books, published by Miranda Publishers are mainly large format books which are photography based and are mainly sold to the corporate market although they also have a fair number of Melitensia collectors. They also have a number of smaller and less expensive books including cookery books by Pippa Mattei, a very popular book entitled The People of Malta and a very readable paper back entitled ‘Malta – The Beautiful Hour’ in which the author takes the reader behind the scenes to meet the creative forces behind the rich cultural scene in Malta. They also have a small selection of children’s books in both Maltese and English all written with a local theme.

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