The 2020 Malta Book Festival – virtual edition

For the 2020 Malta Book Festival we have curated a special online edition aiming to convey the same spirit of inventiveness, exchange and creativity as every year – to an even wider book-loving community.

This November you’ll be able to enjoy events for adults and children for free, streamed straight into your home. All our events will be streaming on this page, and the National Book Council Facebook page.

                               

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

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Opening Night and Terramaxka National Book Prize Awards Ceremony - NBC
November 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Host: Danusan //  Join us for the opening of the 2020 Malta Book Festival – virtual edition with […]
The wondrous world of children’s literature (ages 0-7) - NBC
November 11, 2020 @ 9:30 am
Introduce your students to the magical and adventurous worlds from the pen of Malta’s best children’s authors and […]
Insalvaw il-Pjaneta l-Blu - First episode of the new series by Danusan: every day a different book! - NBC
November 11, 2020 @ 3:30 pm
Who said reading can’t be fun? DANUSAN will spontaneously read out and animate books in public areas during […]
His Excellency, the President of Malta, speaks about books and reading - Miller Distributors
November 11, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
His Excellency, the President of Malta Dr George Vella, interviewed by presenter John Demanuele about the importance of […]
Mark Grenside interviewed by Jo Caruana - Miller Distributors
November 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
From a hand in the Muppets to the creation of an explosive new thriller based on history’s greatest […]
Albert Camus’ selected works translated by Toni Aquilina - Faraxa Publishing
November 11, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Professor Toni Aquilina from the Department of Translation and Terminology Studies of the University of Malta will be […]
'L-Aħħar Sajf ta’ Berlin' - Merlin Publishers
November 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
This event is being led by Mark Vella and is targeted to an adult audience. Book for this […]
Salman Rushdie and Alfred Sant in conversation - NBC
November 11, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Moderator: Prof. Clare Vassallo // The special guest of the 2020 Malta Book Festival and one of the […]
The wondrous world of children’s literature (ages 8-12) - NBC
November 12, 2020 @ 9:30 am
Introduce your students to the magical and adventurous worlds from the pen of Malta’s best children’s authors and […]
Second episode of the new series by Danusan: every day a different book! - NBC
November 12, 2020 @ 3:30 pm
Who said reading can’t be fun? DANUSAN will spontaneously read out and animate books in public areas during […]
Book Presentation of 'Vado a vivere a Malta' - IIC
November 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Conversation with the author of the book Vado a vivere a Malta, Carlo Morrone, introduced by Massimo Sarti […]
Book Presentation of 'La circonferenza dell’alba' – IIC
November 12, 2020 @ 4:30 pm
A conversation with the author of La circonferenza dell’alba (Feltrinelli), Federica Brunini, with an introduction by Massimo Sarti (Director […]
Book launch of '360 ways of telling a story' - Klabb Kotba Maltin
November 12, 2020 @ 4:45 pm
Newcomer Josianne Block presents her new novel for young adults 360° – an innovative narration of a complicated […]
An interview with Maryrose Mifsud, translator of 'The Diary of Anne Frank' - Faraxa Publishing
November 12, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
In this interview we meet Mary Rose Mifsud, translator of The Diary of Anne Frank as edited by […]
Book launch of 'Mużajċi tat-Tafal' - Horizons
November 12, 2020 @ 6:15 pm
These short stories present us with mosaics of ordinary characters we encounter every day. From the outside, they […]
Q&A with Sir Salman Rushdie - NBC
November 12, 2020 @ 6:30 pm
Moderator: Prof. James Corby // Book your place at a virtual Q&A with Sir Salman Rushdie by sending […]
'L-inventarju tal-kamra l-kaħla' – Merlin Publishers
November 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
A poetry event led by Leanne Ellul and targeted to an adult audience. Book for this event on […]
'Xenati minn fuq il-Palk, Ċajt ta’ wara l-kwinti' - book launch & stand-up - Kite Group
November 12, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Stejjer minn wara l-purtiera, xenati mill-palk is a collection of funny, comical and humorous incidents that happened to […]
Book launch of ‘Country Villas in XVIII Century Malta’ - Kite Group
November 12, 2020 @ 7:50 pm
Country Villas in XVIII Century Malta reviews an interesting niche subject in the history of the architecture of […]
Beyond Borders: Translation’s power to take us elsewhere - NBC
November 12, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Moderator: Norbert Bugeja – with Eran Katz, Chris Gruppetta, Katryna Storace, Walid Nabhan and Kristina Quintano Books are […]
Secrets of a Super Memory: a show by Eran Katz - NBC
November 13, 2020 @ 9:30 am
With a load of humor, excitement and full of surprises, Eran Katz, the renowned memory trainer and bestselling […]
Third episode of the new series by Danusan: every day a different book! - NBC
November 13, 2020 @ 3:30 pm
Who said reading can’t be fun? DANUSAN will spontaneously read out and animate books in public areas during […]
Book presentation of 'Il ruolo geopolitico di Malta nel contesto euromediterraneo' - IIC
November 13, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
A conversation with the author of the book Il ruolo geopolitico di Malta nel contesto euromediterraneo (Morrone), Silvio […]
Book Presentation of 'Crossroads, un tuffo nella vita' - IIC
November 13, 2020 @ 4:30 pm
A conversation with the author of the book Crossroads, un tuffo nella vita (Drago, 2019), Alice Pasquini and […]
Launch of the Malta Illustration Annual - Malta Community of Illustrators (MCOI)
November 13, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
The Malta Community of Illustrators (MCOI) was set up in 2020 with the aim of bringing together professional […]
'Mustaċċi ma tidħaqx bih' - Merlin Publishers
November 13, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
An activity led by Clare Azzopardi and targeted at children between 4-6 years.Book for this event on [email protected] […]
The revival of theatre in Maltese – GħMU
November 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
What is the story behind Maltese theatre? How did Maltese theatre regain its popularity? Why is it relevant? […]
'Il-Familja Frattarija' - Merlin Publishers
November 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Activity led by Simone Inguanez and targeted at children aged 10 or more. Book for this event on […]
The 2020 Doreen Micallef National Poetry Contest Awards ceremony - NBC
November 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
The poet Victor Fenech, a contemporary of Doreen Micallef (1949-2001), notes that the solitary writer caught the Moviment […]
'Il-Manifest tal-Killer' - Merlin Publishers
November 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Event led by Karl Schembri and targeted at an adult audience. Book for this event on [email protected] to […]
Book launch of 'In-Nar għandu Isem' - Horizons
November 13, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Kienet lin-nar l-ewwel talba li qatt għamel. Snin wara, kien in-nar li ħadlu l-menti. Dan hu r-rakkont ta’ […]
An interview with Joe Friggieri ('Widnet il-Baħar u Stejjer Oħra') - Kite Group
November 13, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
In this new collection of fifty short stories, Joe Friggieri weaves a colourful tapestry of characters from all […]
Literature in lockdown - Midsea Books
November 13, 2020 @ 8:15 pm
Immanuel Mifsud and Toni Sant discuss their joint title inspired during lockdown and what made them approach the […]
An interview with Lawrence Mizzi ('Ġrejjef, Ġrajjiet tal-ħrejjef') - Kite Group
November 13, 2020 @ 8:20 pm
Ġrejjef is an author’s musing on his recollection of various life episodes, which like everybody’s range from the […]
Publishers have their say – GħMU
November 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am
When a book is published in general all praise goes to the author, but seldom people stop and […]
'Ors fl-ispazju' - Merlin Publishers
November 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am
Activity led by Deborah Abela and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall and targeted at children aged 3 to 6. Book for […]
'Funerary art in Malta: The Addolorata Cemetery' - Midsea Books
November 14, 2020 @ 11:00 am
A presentation by Prof Conrad Thake and guests about the latest publication by Midsea Books on the Addolorata […]
Amazing Maltese Women – Merlin Publishers
November 14, 2020 @ 11:00 am
Activity led by Kristina Chetcuti and Marisa Attard and targeted at children between 8 and 10 years of […]
Book launch of 'Leħen il-Malti no. 39' - GħMU
November 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Għaqda tal-Malti – Università launches the 39th issue of Leħen il-Malti, its annual publication since Għaqda’s inception in […]
'Il-Pjan Sigriet ta’ Eduardo' - Merlin Publishers
November 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Activity led by Antoinette Borg and targeted at children between 5 and 8 years of age. Book for […]
Fourth episode of the new series by Danusan: every day a different book! - NBC
November 14, 2020 @ 2:30 pm
Who said reading can’t be fun? DANUSAN will spontaneously read out and animate books in public areas during […]
Book Presentation of 'La guerra fascista' by Gianni Oliva - IIC
November 14, 2020 @ 2:30 pm
Conversation with the author of La guerra fascista. Dalla vigilia all’armistizio, l’Italia nel secondo conflitto mondiale Gianni Oliva […]
A short film about the Central Bank of Malta Library - CBM
November 14, 2020 @ 2:45 pm
In this short in-house production, learn about the Library’s vision to become Malta’s principal depository of banking, economic, […]
Book launch of third ‘L-Għoġol tad-Deheb’ - Miller Distributors
November 14, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
The popular writer and television personality Ruth Frendo, will be talking about the first Maltese books ever featuring […]
'Ġanni jżur Ruma' - Merlin Publishers
November 14, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Activity led by Sherise Zammit and targeted at children between 3 and 6 years of age. Book for […]
Book Presentation of 'Carne mangia carne' - IIC
November 14, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Conversation with the author of the novel Carne mangia carne, Andrea Monticone and Giovanni Firera (President of Associazione […]
'Tal-Forn' - Merlin Publishers
November 14, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Activity led by Noel Tanti and Matt Stroud and targeted at children between 5 and 8 years of […]
Book presentation of 'Il procuratore e la bella dormiente' - IIC
November 14, 2020 @ 4:30 pm
Conversation with the author of the novel Il procuratore e la bella dormiente by Giorgio Vitari, and Giovanni […]
The new Maltese edition of 'La Divina Commedia' – IIC and Midsea Books
November 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
La Divina Commedia which will be published in 2021, on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of Dante’s […]
'Il-Wied tal-Lupu l-Aħmar (Is-Sħaħar ta’ Petut 2)' - Merlin Publishers
November 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Activity led by Clare Azzopardi and targeted at children between 7 and 10 years of age. Book for […]
Calculators and Illustrators - Malta Community of Illustrators (MCOI)
November 14, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Various illustrators, Malta-based and from abroad, the likes of Zack Ritchie (Independent Maltese illustrator), Craig Macdonald (Te fit-Tazza), […]
Kelma għal Kelma - Merlin Publishers
November 14, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Activity led by Dwayne Ellul and targeted at children aged 10 and over. Book for this event on […]
Words of protest - NBC
November 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Moderator: Adrian Grima // A discussion on literature of protest with reference to the recent contributions of local […]
A documentary on Lifetime Achievement Award winner Alfred Sant - NBC
November 14, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
Earlier this year, Dr. Alfred Sant was awarded the 2019 National Book Prize Lifetime Achievement Award, a prestigious […]
'Irvin Vella: Il-Każ tal-Maħżen Mitluq' - Merlin Publishers
November 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am
Activity led by John A. Bonello and targeted at children of 8 years and over. Book for this […]
'Kemm se tirrabja Ester' - Merlin Publishers
November 15, 2020 @ 11:00 am
Activity led by Clare Azzopardi and targeted at children from 5 to 8 years of age. Book for […]
Reading session from 'Id-Dinja tal-Orsini' - Miller Distributors
November 15, 2020 @ 11:30 am
Ruth Frendo, the popular writer and television personality, takes a look at the series of books Id-Dinja tal-Orsini, […]
Puppet talk - AVC
November 15, 2020 @ 12:30 pm
Join us for a puppet show and some storytelling from the book of AVC Publishers, Stejjer ta’ Klieb […]
Children interview Sperillu, the elongated snail from the newspaper 'Ħamrija' - Faraxa Publishing
November 15, 2020 @ 2:30 pm
An event aimed at children between six and eleven years old, where an elongated snail named Sperillu, a […]
Book launch of 'Bejn Storja u Miti: Trevor Zahra' - Horizons
November 15, 2020 @ 3:30 pm
Decorated with the Midalja tal-Qadi tar-Repubblika for his literary career, many time winner of the National Book Prize, […]
Fifth episode of the new series by Danusan: every day a different book! - NBC
November 15, 2020 @ 3:30 pm
Who said reading can’t be fun? DANUSAN will spontaneously read out and animate books in public areas during […]
'Niskopru d-Draguni' - Merlin Publishers
November 15, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Activity led by Noel Tanti and targeted at children between 7 and 9 years of age. Book for […]
Book launch of 'Leli di Casal Piccolo' (Leli ta' Ħaż-Żgħir) - IIC
November 15, 2020 @ 4:30 pm
A conversation with Isabella Ellul Cefai, translator into Italian of a classic of Maltese literature, Leli ta’ Ħaż-Żgħir […]
'Il-Kreatura tal-Bir' - Merlin Publishers
November 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Activity led by Simon Bartolo and targeted at children of 9 years and over. Book for this event […]
Daniel Holmes interviewed by Christian Peregin - Lovin Malta
November 15, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
A conversation between the author of the book A Memoir From Malta’s Prison: From a cage, on a […]
Are we told what we should read? - NBC
November 15, 2020 @ 6:30 pm
Literary journals, end-of-year best books lists, book prizes, Goodreads and BookTube are all competing for readers’ trust and […]
A hundred years of youth - SKS
November 15, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
A discussion about the 20 year period (1940-1960) of the Labor Party as they are presented, historically, politically […]
Book launch of 'Easeful Death' (Mark Montebello trans.) - Horizons
November 15, 2020 @ 8:15 pm
“If it’s up to me, I would make love all day long. Nothing else fascinates me, be it […]

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