The 2020 Malta Book Festival
The 2020 Malta Book Festival is organised by the National Book Council and will take place from 11-15 November at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.
While preparations for this year’s edition are now well underway, the National Book Council will be following the national health authorities’ directives on public gatherings and is aware that plans for the festival may have to be altered accordingly.
The MBF Story
The Malta Book Festival is the foremost book celebration in the country’s cultural calendar. Annually, the MBF boasts an attendance rate of 40,000 visitors, the participation of more than 40 exhibitors, and offers extensive networking opportunities for industry professionals.
The first edition of the MBF was held in 1979, then called the Malta Book Fair (1979-2012), and has since grown into a festival that celebrates the book culture in all its forms. The international dimension of the Festival is increasingly reflected in the lineup of guest authors and publishers which in previous years have included Gilbert Sinoué, Ros Barber, Shad Alshammari, Basma Abdel Aziz, Patrick McGuinness, Alek Popov, Marie Darrieussecq, Maram al-Masri, Dan Sociu, Ros Barber, Vera Duarte, Tim Parks, Philip ò Ceallaigh, Naomi Klein and Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.
Wednesday 11 November: 09:00 – 13:00, 17:30 – 21:30
Thursday 12 November: 09:00 – 13:00, 17:30 – 21:30
Friday 13 November: 09:00 – 13:00, 17:30 – 22:00
Saturday 14 November: 09:30 – 22:30
Sunday 15 November: 08:30 – 20:00
Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC), Triq l-Isptar, Valletta, VLT 1645
Weekday mornings at the Festival are dedicated to school visits. A special programme of cultural and fun activities for students and teachers alike is set up, including theatre pieces, readings and meetings with writers.
Every year a professional team of actors adapts the Terramaxka Prize winners of the previous years, according to the age group of students.
COVID-19 – notification
While preparations for the Malta Book Festival 2020 are well underway, the National Book Council is aware that plans may have to be altered should the authorities instruct to avoid public gatherings. Follow our website and Facebook page for updates.
Applications for exhibitors, including publishers, and book sellers wishing to participate in the 2020 Malta Book Festival are now open. Download the application form here and make sure you peruse all terms and conditions before you apply.
Send your application as an email attachment to Michael Mercieca ([email protected]) and by post at the address that follows, by not later than Friday 14 August 2020 at noon (12 pm): Malta Book Festival 2020, National Book Council, Central Public Library, Prof. J. Mangion Street, Floriana, FRN 1800, MALTA.
The Sacra Infermeria and La Valette Halls will be hosting publishers, NGOs and libraries, as well as book sellers and bookshops.
Please tune in later on for further information on family shows held during the Malta Book Festival 2020.
Exhibitors’ Media Scheme
New to this year’s edition, exhibitors may request a media subsidy whereby exhibitors who promote their participation at the Festival in the local press will be able to request a refund on their application fee.
The Exhibitors’ Media Scheme Application Form and scheme regulations can be downloaded here.
The 2019 Malta Book Festival
View the programme of events for the 2019 Malta Book Festival from here (mobile version here) – which featured book launches, presentations, poetry readings, meetings with authors, conferences and seminars.
A literary conference, relating to the genres of sci-fi and fantasy kicked off the festival on the evening of 6 November. Participating guest authors were Loranne Vella, author of the 2018 National Book Prize winner Rokit (Merlin Publishers), Malta-born Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Kali Wallace and Dave Rudden.
Special Guest to the 2019 edition of the Festival was American-Maltese Judge Hon. Rosemarie Aquilina, who skyrocketed to international fame after sentencing serial rapist Larry Nassar to 175 years in jail in a case that became a lightning-rod for the ‘#MeToo’ era.
The 2018 Malta Book Festival
The cultural programme for 2018 Malta Book Festival featured well over 80 events in book launches, readings, meetings with authors, and seminars. It enjoyed the Government’s support as part of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture programme.
The highlight of this edition was world-renowned author and activist Naomi Klein, who was interviewed by local journalist Matthew Vella. Klein is the author of international bestseller The Shock Doctrine about disaster capitalism, which increased Klein’s prominence, with the New Yorker judging her ‘the most visible and influential figure on the American left’.
View or download the programme of events of the Malta Book Festival 2018.
The 2017 Malta Book Festival
The Malta Book Festival is the foremost book celebration in the country’s cultural calendar. Annually, the MBF boasts an attendance rate of 40,000 visitors, the participation of more than 40 exhibitors, and offers extensive networking opportunities for industry professionals
2021 Malta Book Festival
The 2021 Malta Book Festival is being organised by the National Book Council and took place between 3-7 November at the Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre (MFCC) in Ta’ Qali.
The MBF Story
The first edition of the MBF was held in 1979, then called the Malta Book Fair (1979-2012), and has since grown into a festival that celebrates the book culture in all its forms. The international dimension of the Festival is increasingly reflected in the lineup of guest authors and publishers which in previous years have included Gilbert Sinoué, Ros Barber, Shad Alshammari, Basma Abdel Aziz, Patrick McGuinness, Alek Popov, Marie Darrieussecq, Maram al-Masri, Dan Sociu, Ros Barber, Vera Duarte, Tim Parks, Philip ò Ceallaigh, Naomi Klein, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina and Sir Salman Rushdie.
This year the Malta Book Festival will be reaching students in their classrooms with an interactive video quiz populated with stories, authors and characters from celebrated works of children’s literature. The quiz show ‘Books are Where the Magic Happens’ is suitable for primary and secondary students and streams to registered schools on Festival weekdays at 09:30 am – check the online Events Programme to learn more.
Every student registered by their school will also be benefitting from a €5 voucher redeemable from each Bookshop Exhibitor during the Festival or from their online stores.
Every day of the Festival the popular comedy-duo Danusan will be returning with their family show ‘Il-Kotba Jieħdu l-Ħajja’ (Books Come to Life), based on the soon to be announced 2021 Terramaxka Prize winning works. The live theatrical show will run daily at 6:30 pm on weekdays, and at 4:30 pm for two special longer shows (60 mins) on Saturday and Sunday.
The programme of the 2021 Malta Book Festival contains more than 70 events including book launches and presentations, meetings with local and international guest authors, seminars, panel discussions, film screenings and events dedicated to students, some of which will be also streaming online.
While visits to Bookshop retail area will not be subject to pre-registration or vaccination requirements, admittance to all Festival events shall be exclusively on presentation of a valid vaccination certificate. Children events are an exception: while subject to pre-registration, they are not subject to vaccination or PCR test requirements.
Visit the Events Programme online for more information on the registration process.
Applications for exhibitors, including publishers, and book sellers wishing to participate in the 2021 Malta Book Festival are currently open and should be received by no later than Monday 9 August at 12.00pm (noon).
Exhibitors are encouraged to make sure they peruse all terms and conditions before applying.
Applications can be submitted through the dedicated online form here, or by downloading and filling the application form in .pdf and sending it by post to:
MBF21 – National Book Council
Central Public Library
Prof. J. Mangion Street
Floriana, FRN 1800
The Exhibitors’ Media Refund Scheme
The Exhibitors’ Media Refund Scheme is organised by the National Book Council in a bid to promote the Malta Book Festival to a wider audience through the advertising and promotion in the local press of each exhibitor’s events, books and/or participation at the Festival.
For the 2021 Malta Book Festival, exhibitors may once again request a full refund on their application fee if they opt to register for the Exhibitors’ Media Refund Scheme. Exhibitors can read through the terms of the scheme and register via the same Exhibitors’ forms above.