The 2021 Malta Book Festival – Events & Bookshop

The 2021 Malta Book Festival is being organised by the National Book Council and takes place between 3-7 November at the Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre (MFCC) in Ta’ Qali.

Pre-registration for ALL Malta Book Festival events is mandatory – check the Event Details for the registration process.

Visits to the Bookshop retail area are not subject to pre-registration or vaccination requirements but admittance to all Festival events, except those for children, shall be exclusively on presentation of a valid vaccination certificate.

For children’s events and performances registration is mandatory but the presentation of a valid vaccination certificate is not required from the children or accompanying adults.

 

                               

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 2021 TERRAMAXKA PRIZE AWARD CEREMONY - NBC
November 2, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Watch the opening of the 2021 Malta Book Festival with the announcement of the winners of the National […]
QUIZ SHOW: BOOKS ARE WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS - NBC
November 3, 2021 @ 9:30 am
Introduce your students to the magical and adventurous worlds from the pen of Malta’s best children’s authors, and […]
READING SESSION BY RUTH FRENDO: 'L-ĠĦOĠOL TAD-DEHEB' AND 'ID-DINJA TAL-ORSINI' - MILLER
November 3, 2021 @ 10:00 am
During this book reading session, popular children’s writer and television personality Ruth Frendo will be reading from the […]
BOOK LAUNCHES: TEATRU MALTA PUBLICATIONS - TEATRU MALTA
November 3, 2021 @ 10:30 am
Teatru Malta will be launching six new publications under two separate series titles. Proġett Klassiċi will cover the […]
BOOK PRESENTATION: 'IL BOSCAIOLO' (ALGRA EDITORE) - IIC
November 3, 2021 @ 5:30 pm
A presentation of the book Il boscaiolo (Algra Editore) by Paola Marchese, followed by a discussion with the […]
BOOK LAUNCH: 'STORJA TAL-ILSIEN U L-LETTERATURA MALTIJA - KRONOLOĠIJA' - AKKADEMJA TAL-MALTI / HERITAGE MALTA
November 3, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Storja tal-Ilsien u l-Letteratura Maltija – Kronoloġija by Dr Mario Cassar is a joint publication between Heritage Malta […]
IL-KOTBA JIEĦDU L-ĦAJJA (BOOKS COME TO LIFE) - DANUSAN
November 3, 2021 @ 6:30 pm
Who said reading can’t be fun? A professional team of actors led by the charismatic duo DANUSAN will […]
BOOK LAUNCH: 'THE MALTESE LEGAL SYSTEM' - MALTA UNIVERSITY PRESS
November 3, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
The launch of the third volume of The Maltese Legal System – a definitive and comprehensive collection on […]
IRVINE WELSH: OF LITERATURE AND DJ SETS - NBC
November 3, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
​​Irvine Welsh, the master author of dark, gritty, seedy no-nonsense ‘say it like it is’ Scottish culture novelist […]
QUIZ SHOW: BOOKS ARE WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS - NBC
November 4, 2021 @ 9:30 am
Introduce your students to the magical and adventurous worlds from the pen of Malta’s best children’s authors, and […]
READING SESSION BY RUTH FRENDO: 'L-ĠĦOĠOL TAD-DEHEB' AND 'ID-DINJA TAL-ORSINI' - MILLER
November 4, 2021 @ 10:00 am
During this book reading session, popular children’s writer and television personality Ruth Frendo will be reading from the […]
PLAY: 'PITO U PITA' - HORIZONS
November 4, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
‘Pito u Pita’ is a 20-minute play being produced by Being Creative All Together and directed by Josue […]
BOOK PRESENTATION: 'KÒSHARI - RACCONTI ARABI E MALTESI' - IIC
November 4, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
A book presentation of Kòshari. Racconti arabi e maltesi (Progedit) featuring excerpts by Clare Azzopardi, Oliver Friggieri, Adrian […]
IS IT CHUIZ OR KWIZZ? - GĦAQDA TAL-MALTI – UNIVERSITÀ
November 4, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
In this activity, Għaqda tal-Malti – Università will provide a brief introduction to the history of Maltese orthography […]
L-ISFIDA MSELLA - SAN ANTON SCHOOL / NBC
November 4, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
This year San Anton School launched an exciting reading challenge, L-Isfida Msella. Students read three books in Maltese […]
IL-KOTBA JIEĦDU L-ĦAJJA (BOOKS COME TO LIFE) - DANUSAN
November 4, 2021 @ 6:30 pm
Who said reading can’t be fun? A professional team of actors led by the charismatic duo DANUSAN will […]
BOOK LAUNCH: 'WORKING LIFE AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF MALTA' - MALTA UNIVERSITY PRESS
November 4, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Living memory has witnessed the unparalleled transformation of the ‘workspace’ of the Maltese Islands. The edited volume Working […]
INFORMATION SESSION: WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME? - CREATIVE EUROPE DESK MALTA
November 4, 2021 @ 7:15 pm
An informative session about the Creative Europe Programme led by Head of Culture of the Creative Europe Desk […]
LITERARY EXCHANGES: IRVINE WELSH AND IMMANUEL MIFSUD IN CONVERSATION (MOD. MARK VELLA) - NBC
November 4, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
The works of few authors influenced Maltese publishing at the turn of millennium as much as Irvine Welsh’s […]
BOOK LAUNCH: 'VARJAZZJONIJIET TAS-SKIET' BY NADIA MIFSUD - EDE BOOKS
November 4, 2021 @ 8:15 pm
Varjazzjonijiet tas-Skiet is Nadia Mifsud’s third poetry collection and also her first publication with EDE Books. Apart from […]
QUIZ SHOW: BOOKS ARE WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS - NBC
November 5, 2021 @ 9:30 am
Introduce your students to the magical and adventurous worlds from the pen of Malta’s best children’s authors, and […]
READING SESSION BY RUTH FRENDO: 'L-ĠĦOĠOL TAD-DEHEB' AND 'ID-DINJA TAL-ORSINI' - MILLER
November 5, 2021 @ 10:00 am
During this book reading session, popular children’s writer and television personality Ruth Frendo will be reading from the […]
BOOK LAUNCH: 'IL-FORMA TAL-ILMA' (LA FORMA DELL’ACQUA, ANDREA CAMILLERI) - IIC / MERLIN PUBLISHERS
November 5, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
For the launch of the Maltese translation of the first of Andrea Camilleri’s novels in the Inspector Montalbano […]
BOOK PRESENTATION: 'WHERE WILD ORCHIDS GROW' BY JOHAN SIGGESSON - MARVELLOUS MALTA
November 5, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Professional wildlife photographer Johan Siggesson tells the story of how the first book in a new collectable series […]
BOOK LAUNCH: THE EXODUS OF THE STORKS (L-EŻODU TAĊ-ĊIKONJI, WALID NABHAN) - PETER OWEN PUBLISHERS / NBC
November 5, 2021 @ 5:30 pm
With the support of the National Book Council, Peter Owen Publishers are launching The Exodus of the Storks, […]
JOIN US FOR AN HOUR OF MAKKJETT’GĦANA - GĦAQDA TAL-MALTI – UNIVERSITÀ
November 5, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Local artists present pieces from two different types of Maltese folk music: the makkjetta and the għana la […]
BOOK READING AND SIGNING: 'THE PATH TO REDEMPTION' BY STEPHEN MANGION - MILLER DISTRIBUTORS
November 5, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Author Stephen Mangion will be reading from his book The Path to Redemption. Following the reading there will […]
IL-KOTBA JIEĦDU L-ĦAJJA (BOOKS COME TO LIFE) - DANUSAN
November 5, 2021 @ 6:30 pm
Who said reading can’t be fun? A professional team of actors led by the charismatic duo DANUSAN will […]
BOOK PRESENTATION: 'REQUIEM PER UN FASCISTA MALTESE' (REQUIEM FOR A MALTA FASCIST, FRANCIS EBEJER) - IIC
November 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Book presentation of the Italian edition of Francis Ebejer’s novel, Requiem per un fascista Maltese (Bonfirraro Editore), followed […]
THE 2021 DOREEN MICALLEF NATIONAL POETRY CONTEST: AWARDS CEREMONY - NBC
November 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Join us for the announcement of this year’s winners and readings by the winning poets of the Doreen […]
BOOK LAUNCH OF 9 NEW BOOKS - HORIZONS
November 5, 2021 @ 7:15 pm
Horizons will launch 9 books in a memorable evening in the presence of the authors Ben Agius (Iben […]
STAND-UP PERFORMANCE BY RON BRIFFA - KITE GROUP
November 5, 2021 @ 8:00 pm
Xenati minn fuq il-Palk, Ċajt ta’ wara l-Kwinti is a collection of funny, comical and humorous incidents that […]
BOOK LAUNCH: 'STRANGERS I’LL NEVER FORGET' BY MJ CAMILLERI - EDE BOOKS
November 5, 2021 @ 8:00 pm
Strangers I’ll Never Forget is a quirky and accessible collection of short creative non-fiction narratives, as told by […]
RECTORS IN CONVERSATION – DOCUMENTING THE LEGACY OF THE UOM - MALTA UNIVERSITY PRESS
November 5, 2021 @ 8:15 pm
2020 marked the 250th anniversary of the University of Malta. Ahead of this date, Malta University Press published […]
THE DOOR’S ALWAYS AJAR: A TRIBUTE TO PROF. OLIVER FRIGGIERI - NBC
November 5, 2021 @ 8:30 pm
One year since the passing of Prof. Oliver Friggieri, poet Simone Galea moderates a panel discussion celebrating the […]
STORIES, GAMES AND CRAFTS FOR CHILDREN - FARAXA PUBLISHING
November 6, 2021 @ 10:00 am
In collaboration with Żebbug Learning Studio, Faraxa Publishing is excited to invite children and parents/guardians to discover the […]
PRESIDENT GEORGE VELLA BOOK SIGNING OF 'TISJIR MILL-QALB' - MILLER
November 6, 2021 @ 10:30 am
Book signing activity with President George Vella and Ms Vella for the publication of Tisjir mill-Qalb in aid […]
READINGS BY AUNTY SAB FOR CHILDREN AGED 3-6 - MERLIN PUBLISHERS
November 6, 2021 @ 10:30 am
Event led by Aunty Sab for children aged 3-6. Meet Bow, a character who empowers children to explore […]
BOOK PRESENTATION: 'SWEET MALTESE MOMENTS' BY PAUL FENECH - MIDSEA BOOKS
November 6, 2021 @ 10:30 am
Cookbook author Paul Fenech will be presenting his new book Sweet Maltese Moments followed by a book signing […]
READING SESSION BY RUTH FRENDO: 'L-ĠĦOĠOL TAD-DEHEB' AND 'ID-DINJA TAL-ORSINI' - MILLER
November 6, 2021 @ 11:30 am
During this book reading session, popular children’s writer and television personality Ruth Frendo will be reading from the […]
EUPL WINNERS OVER THE YEARS - CREATIVE EUROPE DESK MALTA
November 6, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
This discussion brings together Maltese winning authors of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) to discuss their […]
READINGS FROM EUPL WINNERS: 'KISSIRTU KULLIMKIEN' - CREATIVE EUROPE DESK MALTA
November 6, 2021 @ 1:00 pm
Lara Calleja is the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) winner of 2021. During this event, well-known actors […]
PLAY: 'PITO U PITA' - HORIZONS
November 6, 2021 @ 1:00 pm
‘Pito u Pita’ is a 20-minute play being produced by Being Creative All Together and directed by Josue […]
TREASURE TROVES OF MALTESE HISTORY – MALTA UNIVERSITY PRESS
November 6, 2021 @ 2:30 pm
Winner of the 2020 Malta Book Prize, The Joannes Gennadius Maltese Treasure Trove in Athens, edited by Arnold […]
PRIZE CEREMONY: GERMAN‐LANGUAGE WRITING COMPETITION ‘CITY DREAMS’ - GMC / DEPARTMENT OF GERMAN, UOM
November 6, 2021 @ 3:00 pm
The winners of the German‐language competition City Dreams (Stadt‐Träume), launched in the context of the Malta Book Festival, […]
BOOK PRESENTATION: 'WHERE WILD ORCHIDS GROW' BY JOHAN SIGGESSON - MARVELLOUS MALTA
November 6, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
Professional wildlife photographer Johan Siggesson tells the story of how the first book in a new collectable series […]
BOOK PRESENTATION: 'WITH ALL DUE RESPECT' BY JEFFREY PULLICINO ORLANDO - MILLER
November 6, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando will be presenting his recently published political memoir With All Due Respect (Choppy Books, 2021). […]
'IL-KOTBA JIEĦDU L-ĦAJJA' (BOOKS COME TO LIFE) - DANUSAN
November 6, 2021 @ 4:30 pm
Who said reading can’t be fun? A professional team of actors led by the charismatic duo DANUSAN will […]
'IL-FATAT KAĦLANI': READINGS BY CLARE AZZOPARDI AND LEANNE ELLUL - MERLIN PUBLISHERS
November 6, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Event led by Clare Azzopardi and Leanne Ellul for children aged 6-9. Merlin Publishers have a ghost! Not […]
BOOK LAUNCHES: NEW MALTESE WRITING IN ENGLISH - PRASPAR PRESS AND NBC
November 6, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Editors and co-founders of London-based Praspar Press Kat Storace and Jen Calleja will be presenting two new publications […]
BOOK SIGNING SESSION BY IRA LOSCO - KIWI PUBLICATIONS
November 6, 2021 @ 5:30 pm
Ira Losco will be signing copies of the book Small Island – Big Ambition, a mini children’s biography […]
'ĦASSARTEK': A BOOK OF ERASURE POEMS - MATTHEW SCHEMBRI
November 6, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Matthew Schembri speaks to Glen Calleja and Raphael Vella about the Ħassartek project, which includes a publication of […]
BOOK PRODUCTION SEMINAR - GUTENBERG PRESS
November 6, 2021 @ 6:15 pm
Using the right paper can make or break your publication. It is important to understand the different types […]
PRESENTATION OF THE TRILOGY: 'IL VURRICATORE', 'AI CONFINI DELL’INFERNO', 'GLI STRATEGHI DEL MALE' BY I.M.D - IIC
November 6, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
A presentation of the trilogy of novels by the author and anti-mafia police inspector I.M.D: Il Vurricatore, Ai […]
MALTESE LITERATURE ACROSS CONTINENTS - NBC
November 6, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
The National Book Council consistently seeks to bring Maltese literature to wider audiences by supporting the translations of […]
CRYSTAL CLEAR? TRANSLATING POETRY - INIZJAMED
November 6, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
An event inspired by the poems translated during the translation workshops organised over 15 years of different editions […]
BOOK PRESENTATION: 'ORGOGLIO SICILIANO' (BONFIRRARO EDITORE) - IIC
November 6, 2021 @ 8:00 pm
A presentation of the book by Nuccio Carrara Orgoglio Siciliano, luci e ombre dell’Autonomia e dell’Anima siciliana (Bonfirraro […]
FILM SCREENING: TREVOR ŻAHRA - RECIPIENT OF THE NATIONAL BOOK PRIZE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - NBC
November 6, 2021 @ 8:45 pm
The National Book Council will be paying tribute to the literary achievements of a household name of contemporary […]
READING SESSION BY RUTH FRENDO: 'L-ĠĦOĠOL TAD-DEHEB' AND 'ID-DINJA TAL-ORSINI' - MILLER
November 7, 2021 @ 9:30 am
During this book reading session, popular children’s writer and television personality Ruth Frendo will be reading from the […]
BOOK PRESENTATION: 'WITH ALL DUE RESPECT' BY JEFFREY PULLICINO ORLANDO - MILLER
November 7, 2021 @ 10:00 am
Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando will be presenting his recently published political memoir With All Due Respect (Choppy Books, 2021). […]
PRESIDENT GEORGE VELLA BOOK SIGNING OF 'TISJIR MILL-QALB'- MILLER
November 7, 2021 @ 10:00 am
Book signing activity with President George Vella and Ms Vella for the publication of Tisjir mil-Qalb in aid […]
LUPU LUPETTU AND FRIENDS OLD AND NEW - MERLIN PUBLISHERS
November 7, 2021 @ 10:30 am
Event led by Clare Azzopardi for children aged 5-8. We’re throwing a reading party with the most popular […]
BOOK PRESENTATION: 'SWEET MALTESE MOMENTS' BY PAUL FENECH - MIDSEA BOOKS
November 7, 2021 @ 11:30 am
Cookbook author Paul Fenech will be presenting his new book Sweet Maltese Moments followed by a book signing […]
PLAY: 'PITO U PITA' - HORIZONS
November 7, 2021 @ 11:30 am
‘Pito u Pita’ is a 20-minute play being produced by Being Creative All Together and directed by Josue […]
INFO SESSION: WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME? - CREATIVE EUROPE DESK MALTA
November 7, 2021 @ 12:30 pm
An informative session about the Creative Europe Programme led by Head of Culture of the Creative Europe Desk […]
BOOK SIGNING: 'SLIEMA WIVES: THE NEW BREED' BY GERARD JAMES BORG - MIDSEA BOOKS
November 7, 2021 @ 1:30 pm
Author of popular glamour novels, Gerard James Borg will be signing his latest book in the series Sliema […]
‘DO PUPPETS TALK?’ - PUPPET SHOW - MERLIN LIBRARY
November 7, 2021 @ 2:00 pm
A puppet show with animated book readings for children 4-8 years, written by Mandy Tabone and animated by […]
STORIES, GAMES, AND CRAFTS FOR CHILDREN - FARAXA PUBLISHING
November 7, 2021 @ 3:30 pm
In collaboration with Żebbug Learning Studio, Faraxa Publishing is excited to invite children and parents/guardians to discover the […]
‘IR-RUMANZINI’ - MERLIN PUBLISHERS
November 7, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
Activity led by Antoinette Borg and Loranne Vella for children aged 7-9. A feast of new characters and […]
'IL-KOTBA JIEĦDU L-ĦAJJA' (BOOKS COME TO LIFE) - DANUSAN
November 7, 2021 @ 4:30 pm
Who said reading can’t be fun? A professional team of actors led by the charismatic duo DANUSAN will […]
BOOK PRESENTATION: 'WHERE WILD ORCHIDS GROW' BY JOHAN SIGGESSON - MARVELLOUS MALTA
November 7, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Professional wildlife photographer Johan Siggesson tells the story of how the first book in a new collectable series […]
BOOK LAUNCH: THE 40TH EDITION OF 'LEĦEN IL-MALTI' - GĦAQDA TAL-MALTI - UNIVERSITÀ
November 7, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
This year the Għaqda tal-Malti – Università launches the 40th edition of its annual publication with a varied […]
FILM SCREENING: 'IS-SRIEP REĠGĦU SARU VELENUŻI' - NBC
November 7, 2021 @ 5:30 pm
Following its debut in local cinemas this summer, the Malta Book Festival will be hosting a free screening […]

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