The National Book Council (NBC) is pleased to announce that a record 38 exhibitors are participating in this edition of the Malta Book Festival, many of whom are also organising an array of book-related activities. Among them are book launches, presentations of special interest books, readings and activities targeted to all ages. 

This year the Festival will be held at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre (MFCC), Ta’ Qali. Moving to Malta’s largest international conference and exhibition venue was an informed decision made at a time when organising public events poses challenges because of the restrictions that may be in place in the fall. Additionally, the decision responds to logistical concerns raised in previous years by stakeholders and visitors to the Festival. The MFCC will offer greater organisational flexibility for our growing national event and bigger open spaces, and it ensures that visiting patrons as well as exhibitors have the peace of mind of parking stress-free and visiting the stands safely. With over 8,000 square metres of indoor available space, stands will be allocated a larger space and footage, all corridors will be wider, full accessibility ensured. The activity areas are more spacious and separate from the bookshops area.

The list of exhibitors participating in the 2021 Malta Book Festival is comprised of local and international publishers, booksellers, student organisations, NGOs and public agencies with ties to the book industry. New to this edition, also self-published authors will be able to promote and sell their books at a predesignated area during the Festival. 

The festival programme is packed with events catering for a diverse public and a wide range of interests. Besides the events organised by the National Book Council, the exhibitors will be organising tens of activities for readers of all ages across the five days of the festival, ranging from book launches and presentations, conferences, workshops, thematic discussions, seminars and entertaining activities for children and their families. 

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat
Bookends (Miller)
Creative Europe Desk Malta
Carmen Schembri
Daniel Schembri (Ir-rumanz Nyctophilia)
Dar tal-Pubblikazzjoni QUM
Deer Publications
Dunstan Hamilton
Ede Books / Kixott
Faraxa Publishing
Fondazzjoni Sagħtar
German-Maltese Circle / UOM - Department of German
Għaqda tal-Malti - Università
Heritage Malta Publishing / L-Akkademja tal-Malti
Istituto Italiano di Cultura La Valletta
Kiwi Publications
Klabb Kotba Maltin/Midsea
Lara Bezzina
Librerija Preca
Malta Libraries
Malta University Press
Mario Saliba
Marvellous Malts
Matthew Schembri
Mellieħa Local Council
Merlin Library
Merlin Publishers
Narcy Calamatta
Paul Fenech Gonzi
Peter Calamatta
Reliġjon u Ħajja (ĊAK)
SKS Publishers
Teatru Malta
The Friends of the National Archives of Malta
Wirt iż-Żejtun

The full programme of events for the 2021 Malta Book Festival (3-7 November) will be published in the coming weeks. For the latest updates, please follow the NBC
website, and the NBC Facebook page and Malta Book Festival 2021 Facebook event page.

While preparations for this year’s Malta Book Festival are well underway, the National Book Council will be adhering to the national health authorities’ directives on public gatherings to ensure the safest possible experience.

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