The 2023 Malta Book Festival Exhibitors
These are the exhibitors participating at the 2023 Malta Book Festival. Follow the link to their online bookshops to buy books, discover their latest titles and avail of any special Festival offers.
In collaboration with the National Book Council, Festival exhibitors have also organised a number of literary activities for audiences of all ages. Check out the 2023 Malta Book Festival Events Programme.
What sets 4sight Publications apart is its dedication to fostering a strong relationship with its authors. The company believes in empowering writers to have control over their creative works while providing professional guidance to help them achieve success. By prioritising the needs and aspirations of its authors, 4sight Publications has helped writers fulfill their dreams of becoming published authors. With an eye for quality and a commitment to excellence, 4sight Publications continues to expand its catalog with captivating and diverse titles. Whether it’s discovering a thrilling crime novel, delving into thought-provoking non-fiction, or immersing oneself in powerful poetry, readers can trust 4sight Publications to deliver literature that excites, inspires and challenges.
The National Literacy Agency was established within the Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation in order to promote and ensure the delivery of the different aspects of the National Literacy Strategy for All in Malta and Gozo. It serves as the main advocate in the field of literacy. The Agency seeks to promote and sustain lifelong, high-quality literacy practices. It strives to improve literacy outcomes, resulting in inclusive practices, higher educational qualifications, and better job prospects.
Agenda Bookshop operates as the leading books and magazines retailer and is a household name in Malta. Today, the Agenda Bookshop stores are located in high profile, heavy footfall areas such as the Airport, the capital city Valletta and the main shopping malls. Offering the very latest International best sellers and a wide selection of new titles on a daily basis, our offer is as wide and deep as would be expected of leading bookshops in the UK.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta is a religious organisation. It encourages dialogue, peace, and respect between followers of different beliefs. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community promotes education, knowledge and book reading. For this purpose the community publishes books and a monthly magazine in the local Maltese language, also to serve the national language. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is also known for its active role in charitable and philanthropic work. Its motto is: “Love for All, Hatred For None”.
Arts Council Malta (ACM) is the national agency for development and investment in the cultural and creative sectors. Its central task is that of effectively funding, supporting and promoting the cultural and creative sectors in Malta. The Council manages a funding portfolio for the cultural and creative sectors through its national funding programmes. Our mission is driven by our commitment to cultural rights and to invest in the arts to strengthen Malta’s creative and cultural ecology.
For over 25 years, BDL Distributors has been the leading publications distributor to all bookshops and retail outlets in Malta and Gozo. BDL Publishing, the second mast holding the company’s sails, specializes in quality books ranging from children’s fiction to prestigious Melitensia literature. The third mast of the company is BDL Retail. Its outlet in San Ġwann is a large depository of quality books where one can browse and shop directly from a selection of over 20,000 titles.
Bookends is a book bargain retail brand offering great value books at prices well below their original prices. We stock a huge range of books on different subjects. In the local book market, Bookends has gained a strong reputation for genuine bargain books and prices
Proudly independent since 1986, the Bonfirraro publishing house has immediately distinguished itself for the production of quality fiction, to which is added a focus on historical truths that have never been revealed and a successful line of essays and investigations on issues of strong social impact. The orientation towards a type of “committed” literature determines courageous publications with the character of denunciation against any form of injustice, with the aim of contributing to the struggle for the affirmation of freedom, a value considered inalienable. With seriousness, a spirit of sacrifice and in line with the maxim “Our history is the future toward which we are heading…”, Bonfirraro likes to look far, to observe the elsewhere, “beyond the border,” to give himself and win challenges that seem only seemingly impossible.
Deer Publications is a small publishing house which has established itself in the particular yet popular niche of books related to lives of saints and their socio-cultural celebrations held locally with great pomp and enthusiasm. Its flagship publication is the festa encyclopaedia Ilwien il-Festi Maltin (each of the ten volumes include over 650 photographs taken by professional photographer and festa enthusiast Mark Micallef Perconte. The series editor is Andrew Borg who also re-introduced in the local book market lives of saints adapted for the young reader. Deer Publications latest project is a major publication of a collection of academic studies about St Joseph, for whom Pope Francis has declared 2021 as his special year.
Kixott is a co-operative bookshop and event space put together by a variety of artists and creatives, in collaboration with Ede Books. // Ede Books is a small publishing venture which produces short runs of books and periodical publications of predominantly visually-rich content that touches upon art, poetry, photography, and urban culture.
Faraxa Publishing was established in 2011, with the aim of publishing literary and non-literary translations into Maltese of world renowned authors and also lesser-known authors. The Faraxa Translation Series now boasts over 25 European classical works in Maltese translation and will be expanding further. Faraxa has published books of many genres, including academia, classical music, poetry, philosophy, young adult, fantasy and children’s literature.
Fondazzjoni Sagħtar is the professional arm of the Malta Union of Teachers (MUT), which strives to improve the professional qualities of Maltese and Gozitan educators, and assists the educational system through its publications, courses, lectures and other educational resources. Prominent among the Foundation’s publications is the popular magazine Sagħtar, which is issued every month throughout the scholastic year and is 50 years old.
The embassy will present its cultural programme. Information will also be provided on French universities and the range of courses they offer in English. The Alliance Française Malte-Méditerranée, celebrating its 65th anniversary, will showcase a wide range of French books (both new and second hand) covering a large variety of topics and suitable for all age groups at very reasonable prices. Numerous Easy Reader books for school visitors will also be available at even more discounted prices! Lireka is a French-based online bookstore that offers readers around the world more than a million books in French with free delivery worldwide. Lireka will present a sample of its vast catalogue of books: novels, children’s books, essays, comics, manga, travel guides…
ĠEMMA is the independent and credible financial capability platform within the Ministry for Social Policy and Children’s Rights. ĠEMMA’s aim is to educate and equip citizens with financial capability skills according to their age and needs.
The German‐Maltese Circle is a voluntary organisation founded on 18 October 1962 with the aim of “promoting closer understanding between Germany and Malta in all appropriate fields of activity and relationship, excluding political activities”. To this end, the German‐Maltese Circle has been organising various activities since then along with German language courses for adults and schoolchildren. // The Department of German is part of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Malta. It offers the opportunity to study German in a range of courses: full‐time undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses (BA Honours in German, BA General with German, MA and PhD in German), part‐time language courses for all language levels (Certificate/Diploma in Language Proficiency), and part‐time evening courses for the general public (Certificate/Diploma in German).
The Għaqda tal-Malti – Università is a student organisation which strives to represent students of Maltese at post-secondary and tertiary levels, whilst offering a space for all individuals with a passion for Maltese to promote and safeguard the language, in different ways. Every year, the organisation launches its annual publication, Leħen il- Malti, at the Malta Book Festival.
Heritage Malta is the national agency for museums, conservation and cultural heritage. It is appreciably active in the field of publishing as part of its education and outreach endeavours. The range of works produced includes exhibition catalogues, collected papers, conference proceedings, workbooks, project books, reading books and monographs. In autumn 2015 Heritage Malta also launched a bi-annual journal.
Horizons is one of the leading book publishers on the island, winning numerous literary prizes in the different book categories. It has published well-known and established authors such as Mario Azzopardi, Charles Briffa, Lina Brockdorff, Victor Fenech, Charles Flores, Albert Marshall, Gorg Peresso, Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci and Vincent Vella, as well as introducing upcoming authors such as Eman Bonnici, Edgar Formosa, Jacqueline Mizzi, Sergio Grech, Tyrone Grima, Stephen Lughermo, Justin Schembri and André Mangion.
Inanna is an idealistic publisher of scientifically based books and articles on Malta’s, especially Gozo’s prehistory, womens’ history and storytelling tradition, with an accent on symbolism.
The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is a symbol of the Italian heritage in Malta and is part of the Italian Embassy in Malta. Its main goal is the promotion of the Italian language and culture through events – such as exhibitions, concerts and conferences – and an extensive library open to the public.
Jens C. Büdinger is the self-published author of The Chronicles of Lilith series. A metaphysical dark fantasy/ Sci-Fi series that brings together The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and Inception in an epic action-packed narrative. The Queen of Shards and The Darkness Within, the first two books, were published in 2022 and 2023 respectively.
Joseph, or as he is more commonly known, Joe, as he is more commonly known, comes from a fine art background that encompasses photography, painting and the graphic media. He has been in photography since 1979 and is a Fellow of the Malta Institute of Professional Photographers, and Fellow of various UK professional photographic organisations. He studied graphic design in Florence and in 2015 he successfully read for a Masters Degree in Fine Art, Digital Arts at the University of Malta. Joe works mainly in social documentary, the performing arts, portraiture, architectural and fine art photography. He has exhibited extensively locally as well as overseas and has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards including being shortlisted for exhibition in the prestigious Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2014, 2015 and 2021.
Creativity, innovation, high quality and interest for readers are among the most important considerations for Kite Group. Through each book, Kite Group aims to create an experience that delights readers. This is true for both the visual seeker and even the reading seeker. Among the books published by this house of publications, winners of various awards, are those on art, culture, biographies, short stories, humor books, photography, architecture, law and the history of our country. Kite Group offers a service to readers and anyone who wants to publish a book. You can buy books published by Kite Group from www.kitegroup.com.mt and get a 25% discount by entering the coupon code BOOKS25.
Publisher and producer of handmade books and paper products. The story of Kotba Calleja starts with a love for paper as a humble, unique and versatile material. It is a passion that translates into quality products made entirely in Malta. Every part of the process – every fold, every cut, each and every stitch, every gluing – is rigorously made by hand with a lot of patience. That’s why they’re unique.
Kotba Calleja’s publications are biased towards experimentation and fresh imagery and nuance that give today’s Maltese prose and poetry its contemporary identity. This publishing house represents both established and emerging writers.
In 1975, the Society of Christian Doctrine known as M.U.S.E.U.M. developed a well-established bookshop named after its Founder, Preca Library. It specializes in the sale of religious literature and other multimedia resources from several of the main publishing houses in Europe, Asia and North America. In November 1997 the bookshop was moved to a more spacious and specifically designed area, which is incorporated within the Society Central House at Blata l-Bajda, affording easier access to the general public. Apart from the large variety of spiritual books, Preca Library offers a large variety of Christian souvenirs for all occasions: Christmas, Holy Week, Weddings, Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Birthdays, etc.
The Little Island That Was (Infinity Books) is a children’s book series by Lara Bezzina aimed at raising awareness on contemporary affairs at a young age through fictional stories.
Mallia & D’Amato Booksellers is run by husband and wife duo, Roderick & Ritianne. At its core, it is an online bookshop curating a selection of books for the discerning reader. Our bookshelves represent books and authors that we love to read or plan to read. This means that among our meticulously curated selection of titles you will find classics of world literature to cutting edge of contemporary fiction and poetry. We feature a good selection of nonfiction titles and essays, as well as books about art, science, and philosophy, in English, Italian and Maltese.Set up in 2018 by Roderick Mallia and Kristian D’Amato, the focus was always on providing the local book enthusiasts with the latest and most prominent voices in contemporary literature.
Malta Libraries is the entity responsible for the National Library of Malta, the National Library (Gozo), the Central Public Library, the Gozo Public Library, all Regional and Branch Public Libraries in the Maltese Islands as well as the National Bibliographic Office. As an entity, Malta Libraries was established by the Malta Libraries Act (Act VII of 2011), replacing the former Libraries Department.
Martin Baron is a self-publishing author specialising in fiction built upon the New Testament. The novel Yeshuah Meshiah is the sequel to his first novel Yosef and Maryam, published ten years ago in 2013, thereby covering the four Gospels.
Meli Bookshop has two shops which are both located in the capital city, Valletta. The first shop was opened in 1965 and after some time, the second was opened. One of the shops can be found at 52, Santa Luċija Street where one can find the latest assortment of Melitensia books, Maltese and English novels. The shop also provides books for children and cookbooks. The other shop can be found in Old Bakery Street, numbered 185. In this shop one may browse through a large variety of classical literature of both prose and poetry with bargain prices. There are also many novels in English, Sci-Fi books, fantasy books, horror books, murder books and much more! One can find cookbooks and other general books here as well. Travel books are also found in this bookshop. For this year’s Malta Book Festival, Meli Bookshop will be having a new sample of books in English which you can find in their shops!
The Mellieħa Local Council is selling mainly books from the Hannieqa Kulturali published by the Mellieħa Local Council and written from various authors, mainly related to the heritage, lifestyle and story of the village of Mellieha.
Merlin Library has supplied Primary and Secondary textbooks as well as Sixth Form textbooks to customers since 1978. Our book shop in Blata L-Bajda is the only bookshop in Malta to stock text books all year round. A good selection of revision and self study material for most subjects can also be found in stock. We are a specialist children’s bookshop and consequently stock thousands of titles suitable for children from 3 months to young adults. We stock a good selection of fiction, nonfiction, and general interest books for adults too. We often have special offers running at the bookshop and special discounts for children that are members of the Wizzies Club. Merlin Library was the first to have introduced children’s authors to Malta to talk to children in schools hence supporting schools in their quest to instil the importance of reading among students. In 2003 Lynne Reid Banks was the ‘first author’ and many since have followed.
Midsea Books Ltd and Klabb Kotba Maltin are considered to be Malta’s leading publisher. It was set up in 1969 by Pawlu Mizzi. In 2021 KKM celebrated its 50th anniversary from the publishing of its first book Il-Gaġġa in 1971. Midsea Books with its subsidiaries Klabb Kotba Maltin, and Heritage Books, have become a household name in producing children’s titles, novels and fiction, reference and fine art books about Malta. A number of books published are award winners or have been short-listed for awards both in Malta and overseas.
The Ministry for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer Rights strives to promote the interests of voluntary organisations, persons with disabilities, and consumer rights in Malta.
The National Archives of Malta is a public entity set up at law to preserve the collective memory of the Maltese nation through the protection and accessibility of all public archives regulated by the National Archives Act and holds one of the largest archival collections in Malta, spanning from the 1530s up to the current day. Its main functions include the selection, preservation and access to the archives, the acquisition of private records of national significance and the professional training of archivists and records managers. Besides publishing its own publications, the National Archives supports writers during their research.
Pandora Bargain Books offers a large range of English and Maltese books at reduced prices both for adults and children. Furthermore, Pandora Publications publishes books in Maltese, priced so that they are affordable for every family in Malta.
Ricky Caruana is a novice to the world of writing but an old hand in the world of thinking, and it is with Resonance: A Glimpse of Infinity and Strings of Fate that he is trying to put his thoughts into words. His research interests and the focus of his books stem from his insatiable need to address the fundamental questions about life and our place in the universe. Significantly, Caruana’s work encourages the reader to second-guess and challenge that which we take for granted, as he combines the philosophical with the personal, and the scientific with the speculative. He is currently working on another monograph, this time on the subject of death and the afterlife.
SKS is a publishing house based in Malta specialising mainly in the genres of history, literature, political theory, culture and biography. SKS strives to inform and educate the general public by publishing high-quality books based on a liberal understanding of life, history and literature, to provide writers and researchers of a similar persuasion the opportunity to publish their works, and to contribute towards the social, cultural, intellectual and national enrichment.
Wirt iż-Żejtun is a local non-government organization (NGO) working in the heritage sector. It was launched upon the initiative of a group of people, mostly hailing from Zejtun, through a resolution approved during a formal meeting held on the 3rd October 2010. Our vision is that in the shortest possible time we motivate the people of Żejtun to understand the need of appreciating, respecting and taking care of the natural, cultural, environmental, historical, ethnographical and archaeological heritage of iż-Żejtun and its people.
Wikimedia Community Malta (WCM) is a wiki user group based in Malta. This group aims to encourage the uptake of wiki activity among Maltese communities, through the implementation of various wiki activities, projects, and training & outreach events. Special attention is given to Wikipedia and Wikidata, especially in terms of Maltese-language use and information about anything associated with Malta. WCM is affiliated with the Wikimedia Foundation’s Affiliations Committee.
Wise Owl has many acclaimed publications with a repertoire of over 400 titles in print on a variety of subjects. These include a prolific collection of colourful books for children of all ages renowned for their faultless Maltese and captivating pictures; books on Maltese History, Culture and Folklore, Natural History, Novels, Health, Recipe books and Workbooks.