On occasion of World Book and Copyright Day, the National Book Council has donated a large number of prize-winning books to Malta Libraries. All the donated books were winners in different categories of the National Book Prize 2017, including novels, poetry books, collections of short stories, translated works and research literature.

On 29 April the NBC, in collaboration with Cospicua Local Council, will set up the Cospicua Book Festival for Children, an initiative that is meant to celebrate children and literature. A programme of cultural events has been prepared with plenty of fun activities for children and their families. Guest authors who will be reading to children and engaging them in activities include Clare Azzopardi and John A. Bonello.

The National Book Council hopes that these public events and donations will have the desired effect of kindling a passion for books and literature in young readers. World Book Day should serve as a reminder of the role books and literacy have played in the intellectual development of societies around the world. It is also a reminder of the importance of respecting authors’ and publishers’ rights, which is a concern that ranks high on the priority list of the NBC.

We wish you all a happy World Book and Copyright Day!

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