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National Book Prize and Terramaxka 2019 – the shortlist

 

The National Book Council is hereby announcing the shortlist of books, published in 2018, contending for the 2019 National Book Prize.

The adjudication process launched in April with the publication of the longlist. On 15 July, the Adjudication Board presented the shortlist at the NBC offices, including a statement of justification for each entry that did not make the shortlist. Authors and publishers interested in reading the judges’ statement are invited to get in touch with the NBC.

Out of a total of 147 longlisted works, 55 have made the shortlist – 34 books in the adult categories, and 21 for the Terramaxka Prize.

Works shortlisted under biographical and historiographical research are almost equally distributed between the two modes. The Terramaxka category for original works for children up to 7 years was again the one with the most shortlisted titles.

The Adjudication Board will now be selecting the winners of the Book Prize in each separate category in both adult literature (National Book Prize) and children’s literature (Terramaxka Prize). 

The winners of the Terramaxka Prize will be announced on Tuesday 5 November at the official opening of the Malta Book Festival 2019. The winners of the National Book Prize will be announced at an award-giving ceremony that will be held at Auberge de Castille later this year.

 

National Book Prize 2019

Novels in Maltese and English

Titlu tal-ktieb // Book titleAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher  
CastilloClare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers Ltd.
The Reluctant HealerLou DrofenikHorizons
Kulħadd Barra FajżaJohn P. PortelliHorizons

 

Short stories in Maltese and English

Titlu tal-ktieb // Book titleAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher  
365Trevor ŻahraMerlin Publishers Ltd.
Fuq Widnejn Torox: U Stejjer Żbukkati OħraRita SalibaKlabb Kotba Maltin
Il-Fiera tal-Fuħħar: U Stejjer OħraJoe FriggieriKite Group
ĦjutRita SalibaHorizons
Inkontri ta' KuljumJohn P. PortelliHorizons
Minn Żmien l-GħerienLina BrockdorffHorizons

 

Poetry in Maltese and English

Titlu tal-ktieb // Book titleAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher  
Bil-BoqxiexLouis BriffaSelf-published
FramedMaria Grech GanadoMerlin Publishers Ltd.

 

Drama in Maltese and English

(no entries)

 

Literary Non-fiction in Maltese and English

Titlu tal-ktieb // Book titleAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher  
Chambers of Memory: Roaming the Mansions of MnemosyneRichard EnglandKite Group
No Man's Land: People, Place & PollutionMarie Briguglio, Steve BonelloKite Group

 

Translation

Titlu tal-ktieb // Book titleAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher  
Passjoni SempliċiToni AquilinaFaraxa Publishing
AntigonaToni AquilinaFaraxa Publishing
Il-MetamorfosiEmmanuel CutajarFaraxa Publishing
Mewt Ġo VenezjaAlfred PalmaHorizons

 

General Research

Titlu tal-ktieb // Book titleAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher  
Il-Maltin: Għemilhom, Drawwiethom, Ġrajjiethom It-Tieni VolumSteve BorgKlabb Kotba Maltin
The Apostolato of the Order of St John at the Cathedral of MaltaĠwann AzzopardiMdina Cathedral Chapter
A History of GħarbPatrick FormosaSalesians of Don Bosco (Malta)
An Encyclopaedia of Artists with a Malta ConnectionAntonio Espinoza Rodriguez, Albert GanadoFondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti
Goal: The Official Encyclopaedia of the Malta Football AssociationCarmel BaldacchinoHorizons
Fl-Arena ta' Moħħu: Victor Fenech – Esperimenti Stilistiċi u Protesta SoċjaliCharles BriffaHorizons

 

Biographical and Historiographic Research

Titlu tal-ktieb / Book titleAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher  
Humillima Civitas Vallettae: From Mount Xebb-er-ras to European Capital of CultureGodwin VellaHeritage Malta Publishing, Malta Libraries
Marco Largi ovvero Carlo Magri: Drammaturgo Maltese (1617-1693) – Vita e OpereMario PaceMidsea Books Ltd.
Fortress Colony: The Final Act 1945-1964; Vol. 4 1961-1964Joseph M. PirottaMidsea Books Ltd.
Francesco Azopardi (1748-1809): Maltese Classical Composer and TheoristDion BuhagiarFaraxa Publishing
The Official Colours of Malta: Recording Malta in WWIICaroline MiggianiKite Group
Giuseppe (De)Brincat: A Gozitan Wine Merchant (1890s-1930)Michael RefaloKite Group
Trevelyan and Fedden: Encounters with Malta and GozoLawrence PaviaFondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti
Adeodata Pisani: A Mystic Nun in MdinaPetra Caruana DingliSt Peter's Monastery
Maurice Caruana Curran: Guardian of Heritage and JusticeAnn Gingell LittlejohnBDL Publishing
The Wignacourt Psalter: A Medieval Carthusian Treasure in MaltaMartina Caruana, Burkard WehnerBDL Publishing
Public Women: Prostitute Entrepreneurs in Valletta, 1630–1798Christine MuscatBDL Publishing

 

Terramaxka 2019: books published in 2018

Original works: books for children (ages 0-7)

Titlu tal-ktieb // Book titleAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher  
Il-Ħanut tal-Ħelu Li Mar DawraClare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers Ltd.
Ġanni Jżur PariġiSherise ZammitMerlin Publishers Ltd.
Frollu Jagħmel Ħabib ĠdidSaviour Sam AgiusBDL Publishing
Frollu JsieferSaviour Sam AgiusBDL Publishing
Frollu Jgħin fid-DarSaviour Sam AgiusBDL Publishing
Frollu Jsib KartieraSaviour Sam AgiusBDL Publishing

 

Original works: books for children (ages 8-12)

Titlu tal-ktieb // Book titleAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher  
Avventura Abbord!Antoinette BorgMerlin Publishers Ltd.
Mill-Istorja tal-Futbol MaltiMark CamilleriMerlin Publishers Ltd.
Għand Rebus Totall (Is-Sħaħar ta' Petut 1)Clare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers Ltd.
Irvin Vella Investigatur Virtwali: Il-Każ tal-Gżejjer tat-TeżorJohn A. BonelloMerlin Publishers Ltd.
Lorella u l-Ġenju Li ma Kienx Jaf JaqraRita SalibaBDL Publishing

 

Original works: books for adolescents (ages 13-16)

Titlu tal-ktieb // Book titleAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher  
Amina Antoinette BorgMerlin Publishers Ltd.

 

Books translated into Maltese (ages 0-7)

Titlu tal-ktieb // Book titleAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher  
Lupu Lupettu Jrid Isir SupererojClare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers Ltd.
L-Annimali tar-RazzettRachel PortelliMerlin Publishers Ltd.
L-Annimali tas-SavanaRachel PortelliMerlin Publishers Ltd.
Żgorg, Ħabib mid-Dinja Oħra: Finali SpazjaliNoel TantiMerlin Publishers Ltd.
Żgorg, Ħabib mid-Dinja Oħra: Pilota PerkażuNoel TantiMerlin Publishers Ltd.
L-Album tal-Ewwel Sena TiegħiSherise ZammitMerlin Publishers Ltd.

 

Books translated into Maltese (ages 8-12)

Titlu tal-ktieb / Book titleAwtur/Editur // Author/EditorPubblikatur // Publisher  
Missjoni: Insalvaw il-Pjaneta l-BluDwayne EllulMerlin Publishers Ltd.
Il-Ħbieb tal-Annimali: Il-Kelb Ifittex Lil SiduMark VellaMerlin Publishers Ltd.
Il-Ħbieb tal-Annimali: Sparixxew il-Qtates!Mark VellaMerlin Publishers Ltd.

 

Books translated into Maltese (ages 13-16)

(no entries)

 

 

 

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