The 2020 Malta Book Festival – virtual edition

The 2020 Malta Book Festival – virtual edition is being organised by the National Book Council and will take place online between 11-15 November.

Preparations for this year’s edition are now well underway and a programme of events will be published in the month of September.

Partners and prospective audiences are encouraged to follow this website and the NBC Facebook page for updates.

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.

Where to watch

This year we are unable to put up our events at the Mediterranean Conference Centre – instead we’re curating a special online edition.

From 11-15 November, all our events for adults and children will be streaming for free on the National Book Council Facebook page. Even in this new form, we believe that these events, featuring the participation of of local and international authors and publishers will be conveying the same spirit of exchange among a growing book-loving community.

All events are free and available to watch here on our Facebook page. A full programme of events will be published in the coming weeks. 


Weekday mornings at the Festival are dedicated to events for school children. 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 previous years Terramaxka Prize winning works into productions appropriate for different age groups. 

Activities for school children this year will be streamed online and schools interested in participating are invited to submit their applications just like previous editions.  Follow this space for further updates.


Applications for publishers wishing to participate in the 2020 Malta Book Festival – virtual edition are now open. Download the updated 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 24 August 2020 at noon (12 pm): Malta Book Festival 2020, National Book Council, Central Public Library, Prof. J. Mangion Street, Floriana, FRN 1800, MALTA.


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.

Malta Book Festival 2018 School Visit feedback form


The 2017 Malta Book Festival

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