The National Book Council (NBC) is pleased to present the events programme for the 2021 Malta Book Festival, taking place between Wednesday 3 and Sunday 7 November at the Malta Fairs & Conventions Center (MFCC), Ta’ Qali, and this year comprising of a bookshop area and ancillary separated event areas.
Spread over five days, the entire programme contains more than 70 events including book launches and presentations, meetings with local and international guest authors, seminars, panel discussions, film screenings and events dedicated to students, some of which will be also streaming online.
While visits to Bookshop retail area will not be subject to pre-registration or vaccination requirements, admittance to all Festival events shall be exclusively on presentation of a valid vaccination certificate. Children events are an exception: while subject to pre-registration, they are not subject to vaccination or PCR test requirements.
Pre-registration for all Malta Book Festival events will be mandatory. Access the Events Programme for more information on the registration process.
Malta University Press, the University of Malta’s prestigious scholarly publisher, will for the first time ever be participating in the upcoming Bookshop Edition of the Malta Book Festival and in a very illustrious manner, be ‘christening’ the new venue together with all the other exhibitors.
The MUP, currently chaired by Prof Jean-Paul Baldacchino from the University’s Faculty of Arts, is administered by a board of scholars representing a variety of disciplines. The Press has recently expanded into digital publishing alongside its convention print format. Digital books will be sold to libraries and institutions via John Hopkins University Press’ Project MUSE platform.
The Festival Bookshop represents a unique opportunity for the University to showcase and make available its scholarly works to the general public. The pandemic has made it more challenging for local publishers to reach their audiences. Now that the Book Festival is back in its physical format, while still respecting the COVID-19 health authority regulations, this will give MUP and its authors a great opportunity for meeting readers in person and interacting with them, bringing academic knowledge closer to the community.
Four events being organised by MUP are:
- Book Launch: ‘Maltese Legal System’ On Wednesday 3 November at 20:00, South Hall, MFCC - FB event
- Book Launch: ‘Working Life and the Transformation of Malta’ On Thursday 4 November at 19:00, South Hall, MFCC - FB event
- Rectors in Conversation - Documenting the University’s Legacy On Friday 5 November, from 20:15 onwards, North Hall 2, MFCC - FB event
- Discussion and Book Signing: Treasure Troves of Maltese History On Saturday 6 November, at 14:30, North Hall 1, MFCC - FB event