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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 of which 40 have been shortlisted – 25 for the National Book Prize and 15 for the Terramaxka Prize. Two of the shortlisted novels are debut novels by well-known local poets:  Ir-rota daret dawra (kważi) sħiħa by Nadia Mifsud and Tħabbat Xtaqtek by Gioele Galea.

The Adjudication Board will now be selecting the winners of the Book Prize for each separate category in both adult literature (National Book Prize) and children’s literature (Terramaxka Prize). The winners of the Terramaxka Prize will be announced on Tuesday 6 November at the official opening of the Malta Book Festival 2018 (Sir Temi Zammit Hall, MCC, Valletta). The winners of the National Book Prize will be announced on 30 November during the award-giving ceremony, which will be held at Auberge de Castille under the patronage of the Prime Minister.

 

National Book Prize 2018: shortlist

 

Novels in Maltese and English

Title of bookAuthor/EditorPublisher
Ir-rota daret dawra (kważi) sħiħa Nadia MifsudMerlin Publishers
KapitaliWayne Flask Merlin Publishers
RokitLoranne VellaMerlin Publishers
Love in the time of the InquisitionLou DrofenikHorizons
It-Tawmaturgu: il-ħmura ta' filgħaxija Mark Anthony Fenech Horizons
L-Iżvijati Walid NabhanKlabb Kotba Maltin
Tħabbat xtaqtek: djarju mill-eremitaġġGioele GaleaHorizons
It-Taàr: Distopja, l-ewwel ktieb John A. BonelloSerafin Books

 

Poetry in Maltese and English

Title of bookAuthor/EditorPublisher
Ġenesi: Poeżiji 2007-2016 Achille MizziHorizons
Xewqat tal-passa: Poeżiji 2008-2016 John P. PortelliHorizons
Erbgħin jumAntoine CassarEDE Books

 

General Research

Title of bookAuthor/EditorPublisher
Woven Splendour: The Tapestries of the Conventual Church of the Knights of MaltaCyntia de GiorgioMidsea Books
Birds of the Maltese Islands (Nature Guide Series)Natalino FenechBDL
Gozo and the Grand Tour Thomas Freller Midsea Books
Kaxxa infernali: dizzjunarju tal-logħob tan-nar b'iktar minn 1200 terminu Carlston GrimaKlabb Kotba Maltin
Spiritual Direction with the Divine Milieu: Insights of Pierre Teilhard du Chardin Mary Anne Sultana
Curtain Up! Paul XuerebMidsea Books

 

Biographical and Historiographic Research

Title of bookAuthor/EditorPublisher
L-istorja tal-Partit Laburista Francis GaleaSKS Publishers
Ritratti ta' tfulitiReno MuscatFaraxa Publishers
''Kollni kemm jien għalikom'': Il-ħajja mqanqla ta' Mikiel Gonzi u żminjietna (1885-1984) Louis CiliaKlabb Kotba Maltin
A visual guide to the fortifications of MaltaStephen C. SpiteriBDL
Minn fomm il-poplu by Guido Lanfranco Guido LanfrancoKlabb Kotba Maltin
Il-Maltin: għemilhom, drawwiethom, ġrajjiethom: L-evwwel volumSteve BorgKlabb Kotba Maltin
Sal-quċċata tal-Everest Marco Cremona and Glen CallejaMerlin Publishers
Birżebbuġa...storja u kultura Conrad D'Amato and Matthew Balzan Għaqda Storja u Kultura Birżebbuġa

 

Terramaxka 2018: books published in 2017

 

Original works: books for children (ages 0-7)

Title of bookAuthor/EditorPublisher
Imeldina u l-uċuħSandra Hili VassalloMerlin Publishers
Ġanni jżur LondraSherise ZammitMerlin Publishers
Is-sinjura Klaws Clare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers
Mamà, allura din imħabba? Moira Scicluna Zahra and Mark Scicluna Merlin Publishers
Dar ġdida għal Ġużi Clare Azzopardi and Rachel PortelliMerlin Publishers
Super NinaClare Azzopardi and Rachel Portelli Merlin Publishers
We're the New SuperheroesSabrina MulliganFaraxa Publishers

 

Original works: books for children (ages 8-12)

Title of bookAuthor/EditorPublisher
Jissokta l-Każ tal-Aħwa ta' Saver u Ludmilla de MolizzClare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers
Il-vjaġġaturi taż-żmienSimone SpiteriMerlin Publishers
Il-misteru tal-għoġol tad-deheb Ruth FrendoPro Motion

 

Original works: books for adoloscents (ages 13-16)

Title of bookAuthor/EditorPublisher
JarmukStephen LughermoHorizons
F'Xatt id-DestinIvan De BattistaBDL

 

Books translated into Maltese (ages 0-7)

Title of bookAuthor/EditorPublisher
Kukkużejt
Rachel Portelli
Merlin Publishers
Babù: il-ħuta-buffu Clare Azzopardi
Merlin Publishers
Magni taż-żmienClaudia GauciMerlin Publishers

 

Books translated into Maltese (ages 8-12)

Title of book Author/EditorPublisher
Il-Kulleġġ għall-Prinċipijiet PerfettiNoel TantiMerlin Publishers