New trends and surprises in the National Book Prize shortlist 2018

The 2018 shortlist for the National Book Prize bears evidence of changes in trends that are worth taking note of, particularly in the category of ‘Novels in Maltese and English’. Out of a total of 8 selected finalists, three belong to the sci-fi genre, a relatively under-represented genre in the...

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‘Il-kotba jieħdu l-ħajja’ fil-Festival Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb 2018

  ‘Il-Kotba Jieħdu l-Ħajja’ hija attività li se tittella’ għall-ewwel darba waqt il-Festival Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb 2018 (Dar il-Mediterran, il-Belt Valletta) u se tkun għaddejja matul l-aħħar tlett ijiem tal-Festival: il-Ġimgħa, 9 ta’ Novembru fis-7.30pm, is-Sibt 10 ta’ Novembru fis-7pm u l-Ħadd 11 ta’ Novembru fit-3pm. Id-duo Danusan flimkien mal-Kunsill Nazzjonali...

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National Book Prize and Terramaxka Shortlist 2018

  The National Book Council is hereby releasing the National Book Prize 2018 Shortlist for books published in 2017. The Adjudication Board communicated the choice of finalists yesterday during a formal meeting at the NBC premises. The selection process started on 11 May with a total of 172 entries, out...

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National Book Festival 2018: events and authors

The opening conference of the Malta Book Festival has been a permanent feature of the Festival ever since its re-branding in 2013. This year’s conference will be themed on ‘Literature in Diaspora’ and will take place on 7 November 2018 at Sir Temi Zammit Hall (MCC), starting 7pm. The participants...

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Malta Book Festival 2018 // Application Form is Out

Applications for exhibitors wishing to participate in the upcoming edition of the Malta Book Festival 2018 are open. As usual, the Festival will be held in the first two weeks of November, 7-11, at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. The application is open to all publishers, book distributors, bookshops...

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End of Malta Book Festival 2017

The National Book Council thanks all members of the public who visited the Malta Book Festival 2017 and took part in the various activities that were set up for them. The NBC also thanks the exhibitors and all those who took part in the organization of the Festival. At the...

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Mons Amante Buontempo Poetry Contest: Results

The award-giving ceremony of the Mons Amante Buontempo National Poetry Contest was celebrated last week on Friday 10 November at Sir Temi Zammit Hall, MCC, as part of the cultural programme of the National Book Festival 2017. The event was set up by the Għaqda Poeti Maltin in collaboration with...

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Ros Barber at the Malta Book Festival 2017

  UK poet, author and academic Ros Barber will appear at an event at the Malta Book Festival 2017 in which she will be talking to James Corby, senior lecturer and head of the Department of English at Malta University, about her books, her literary career and the themes and...

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Celebrating Mario Azzopardi at the Malta Book Festival 2017

  In the culture programme of this year’s Malta Book Festival, Mario Azzopardi, the renowned playwright, poet, educator and cultural journalist, will have a whole event dedicated to him as the winner of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. The event, which was set up by Horizons in collaboration with the...

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Shahd Alshammari at the Malta Book Festival 2017

  A special guest of this year’s edition of the Malta Book Festival, Kuwaiti poet, writer and academic Shahd Alshammari will be talking to Toni Aquilina in an event set up by Faraxa in collaboration with the National Book Council at the Activity Area (MCC) on Thursday 9th November, starting...

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Gilbert Sinoué at Malta Book Festival 2017

    Gilbert Sinoué, the renowned French-Egyptian novelist, will appear in an event dedicated to his literary work on Thursday 9 November at M.A. Grima Hall, MCC, starting 19:45 pm. The author, whose works are considered modern classics in the genre of the historical novel, will be talking to Prof....

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Alex Vella Gera at the National Book Festival 2017

  Alex Vella Gera, the award-winning author of Antipodi, Is-Sriep Reġgħu Saru Velenużi and Trojan, will be the guest of an event dedicated to his literary work and artistic career on Thursday 9 November at the Activity Area (Mediterranean Conference Centre) starting 20:00 hours. Vella Gera will be talking to...

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