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Campus Book Festival 2020

Event details

  • Tuesday | March 25, 2020 to Thursday | March 26, 2020
  • 9:00 am
  • University of Malta

The National Book Council is announcing the dates and the special guests for this year’s Campus Book Festival. The seventh edition of the Festival will take place between Wednesday 25 and Friday 27 March at the University of Malta Quadrangle, in collaboration with Għaqda tal-Malti – Università and the Department of English Students Association (DESA).

American poet and memoirist Mark Doty will be attending the Campus Book Festival this year. Doty was the first American to win the T.S. Eliot Prize in the U.K in 1995, and in 2008 he won the National Book Award bil-ktieb Fire to Fire: new and selected poems (HarperCollins, 2008). He’s the author of several poetry books, amongst which Bethlehem in Broad Daylight (D.R. Godine, 1991), A Swarm, A Flock, A Host: A Compendium of Creatures (Prestel, 2013), and Deep Lane (W.W. Norton, 2015), and memoirs and nonfiction books such as Firebird (HarperCollins, 1999), Still Life with Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy (Beacon Press, 2000) and Dog Years (HarperCollins, 2007). Doty has often been compared to James Merrill, Walt Whitman and C.P. Cavafy for his elegant, intelligent verse.

In collaboration with the Department of Translation, Terminology and Interpreting Studies, the Campus Book Festival 2020 will also host an interview with translation theorist and scholar of comparative literature Prof. Susan Bassnett. She will be interviewed by Prof. Clare Vassallo. Author of over 20 books, Prof. Bassnett’s Translation Studies, which first appeared in 1980, has remained in print ever since and has become an important international textbook in this field. Her Comparative Literature (1993) has also become internationally renowned and has been translated into several languages. Her most recent books are Political Discourse, Media and Translation (2010), co-edited with Cristina Schaeffner, and Reflections on Translation (2011). Beside her academic research, and writing for several national newspapers, Susan Bassnett also writes poetry.

The publishers participating at this year’s Campus Book Festival are BDL, Merlin Publishers, Midsea Books/Klabb Kotba Maltin, Horizons, EDE Books, SKS, Faraxa Publishing, Pjattaforma and Infinity Books who will have their books up for sale. Dates and time are as follows: Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 from 9 am to 4 pm, and Friday 27 March from 9 am to 8 pm. The Festival is open to everyone and is free of charge.

For further updates follow the Campus Book Festival page on Facebook. Download the full programme here.