The National Book Council is pleased to release the official poster of the Malta Book Festival 2020, which is going to be held between Wednesday 11 and Sunday 15 November at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.

The illustrations of this year’s poster are by Moira Scicluna Zahra and Mark Scicluna, while the graphic design is by Steven Scicluna. Moira, Mark and Steven are household names when it comes to book illustrations among other work, and have illustrated and designed many book covers in Malta and abroad. This year’s poster features famous book characters, like Sherlock Holmes, Little Red Riding Hood and a dog dressed up as the cat in one of Dr. Seuss’s books.



The NBC will also be retaining an extended exhibition space for this year’s MBF, which will include a hall dedicated to booksellers and NGOs, and various activity areas for the many book presentations, discussions, launches and cultural activities that will be taking place. The programme of activities will be released in September and will be posted in print form to all households in Malta and Gozo. In the coming weeks the NBC will also be revealing the name of all foreign guests, including a renowned author as this year’s special guest.

The Malta Book Festival will be inaugurated with a private ceremony on Tuesday 10 November, when the winners of the Terramaxka Prize for children and adolescents’ books published in 2019 will be announced. The evening activities will open on Wednesday 11 November with the main conference of the Festival, which this year will focus on the experience of being translated abroad. School children will be able to visit the Festival every weekday morning. They will be treated to a special programme of cultural and fun activities that is being prepared for them, including theatre pieces, readings and meetings with writers.

The NBC is following closely all latest Covid-19 measures by the Government so as to provide a safe experience for everyone visiting the Festival.

Prospective exhibitors that have not yet applied for their stand, can do so from here. Deadline for applications is Friday 14 August at noon (12 pm).

Members of the public are urged to follow updates on the festival on the Facebook page of the National Book Council and the2020 Malta Book Festival FB event page and on our website.


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