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, Godwin Vella from Heritage Malta and Steven Agius from AVC Publishers speak about the events that they are organising during this year’s festival.
Heritage Malta has published a number of a number of publications which are ideal for research as well as a valuable addition to anyone’s personal library, and also several guide books. During the festival, Heritage Malta will be presenting a number of publications produced by them, suitable for a wide range of ages.
AVC Publishers operates the Merlin Library retail shops and website. Merlin Library is a specialist children’s bookshops; their shop and website is the only bookshop in Malta to stock school textbooks all year round. Their Sliema shop also stocks a great selection of fiction, non-fiction and general interest titles for adults. They will be organising a puppet show with storytelling from the book of AVC Publishers, Stejjer ta’ Klieb by author Mandy Tabone together with puppeteer Sean Briffa.
The Malta Book Festival will take place between the 11th and 15th November. The full programme may be accessed here.
This series produced by Newsbook.com.mt was made possible thanks to a grant by the National Book Council