The winners of the National Book Prize 2019, for books published in 2018, will be announced tomorrow, 30 January, during a private awards ceremony held at San Anton Palace, under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Malta, H.E. George Vella. The Prize will be publicly announced right after the ceremony through a press release published on the National Book Council’s website FB page.

An independent board, appointed specifically and solely for the purpose of adjudicating the Prize, has evaluated the submissions according to a set of criteria. The 34 shortlisted books competing in 8 categories is being reproduced below. In addition to these categories and the Lifetime Achievement and the Best Emergent Writer Awards, starting this year the title of Poet Laureate could be bestowed upon the writer who would have previously won any other past National Book Prize edition. An award for Best Book Production will also be conferred upon the best designed book published in 2018.

 

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

 


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