John Boyne 

John Boyne, the bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (David Fickling Books), will be the headlining international guest as part of the international book tour for the publication of his critically acclaimed latest novel, All the Broken Places (Doubleday). Boyne will make his first appearance at the Friday shows for schoolchildren produced by Żigużajg. Later on, in the evening, he will be interviewed by the prize-winning local author Leanne Ellul, and will be available for a book signing session.

John Boyne is the author of several works of fiction; he has written thirteen novels for adults, six for younger readers and a collection of short stories. His 2006 novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has been adapted for cinema, theatre, ballet and opera, and sold more than 11 million copies worldwide, making it the biggest selling novel by an Irish writer ever since records began. His many international bestsellers include The Heart’s Invisible Furies (Doubleday) and A Ladder to the Sky (Doubleday). Boyne won three Irish Book Awards, along with a host of other international literary prizes, including the Qué Leer Award for Novel of the Year in Spain and the Gustav Heinemann Peace Prize in Germany. His novels are published in over fifty languages.

Joe Sacco

World renowned Maltese-American comic book artist and journalist Joe Sacco will be interviewed by Malta Today’s journalist James Debono on Thursday 24. A book signing session will then follow. On Saturday 26, Sacco will be on the panel for a discussion moderated by Teodor Reljić: Whats an Image worth forms of visual storytelling, alongside photojournalist Joanna Demarco and illustrator Gattaldo.

Sacco is mostly known for his acclaimed journalistic graphic novels including Palestine, which received the American Book Award in 1996, Footnotes in Gaza (2009), and Safe Area: Goražde, which won the Eisner Award and was named a New York Times notable book and Time magazine’s best comic book of 2000. Stories from Malta dealing with his mother’s memories of World War II and immigration have respectively appeared in his short-form collections Notes from a Defeatist (2003) and Journalism (2018). His most recent publication, Paying the Land (2020), explores the impacts of resource extraction among the Dene communities of indigenous North America. Sacco’s books have been translated into fourteen languages and his comics reporting has appeared in DetailsThe New York Times MagazineTimeHarper’s and The Guardian, among others. 


Gattaldo, the illustrator of this year’s Malta Book Festival poster and the author of the children’s book Fearless, will be travelling to Malta as a guest of the Malta Book Festival and participating in a number of events.

He will give a one-off one-hour illustration workshop session for children aged 7 to 12. Since the number of participants is limited to twenty, register for a spot here. All materials will be provided. Gattaldo will guest on a panel discussion along with cartoonist Joe Sacco, and photojournalist Joanna Demarco, moderated by Teodor Reljić.

Fearless, The Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia was published by Otter-Barry Books on 8 October 2020 and was endorsed by Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders. When faced with the task of creating a website for the book, he decided to take it further and develop an educational tool in celebration of journalists. explains journalism in a child-friendly language, with colourful illustrations and humour. Gattaldo called on parents, teachers and children to join him on this journey.

The Maltese edition of Fearless Il-Ġurnalista, l-Istorja ta’ Daphne Caruana Galizia  published by Midsea Books, will be available in bookshops from November.

Gattaldo’s full schedule of events at the Malta Book Festival 2022:

Friday 25 November
Live illustration for the meet with John Boyne for Żigużajg’s show Striped Pyjamas (private event for registered school children, now fully booked).

Saturday 26 November
10-11am – illustration workshop for children aged 7-12 – Illustrate With Gattaldo.
11:30-12:30pm – Gattaldo will be meeting readers during a book signing for Il-Ġurnalista, l-Istorja ta’ Daphne Caruana Galizia
6:15-7:30pm – Guest on panel discussion ‘What’s An Image Worth’, along with comics journalist Joe Sacco, and photojournalist Joanna Demarco, moderated by writer Teodor Reljić

23 to 27 November
Gattaldo’s illustrations will be featured in the From Illustration to Book exhibition.

Special Live Podcast with Jon Mallia

For many, their relationship with books is special. Thus, during the first day of the Festival, Jon Mallia, while surrounded by books and book lovers, will broadcast a live podcast, asking people about this relationship, and which books have made it stronger.

On 23 November, the Jon Mallia Podcast team will be publishing a live podcast from the Book Festival at MFCC with a slight difference. Jon will be sitting down with members of the audience as well authors who will be having their work exhibited at the festival.

If at any point in time while watching an episode of the Podcast you thought to yourself how you would wish to be a guest, now is your chance. At the festival, you will have to chance to have  a 15-minute conversations with Jon in a mini-Podcast about literature and writing or any other subject which you would like to discuss

The podcast team will be set up very close to the entrance of the festival and members of the team will be available to take your details and let you know when it will be your turn to sit down for a chat.