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  • The incorrigible perfectionist

    Anton Grasso: Mejt, Horizons, 2014. pp138 Anton Grasso’s latest publication is a reissue of collected short stories originally published in 1988. But the author insists it is more than that. It is a minute and attentive rewriting of the same...

  • Verġni Sagri wins book award

    Mario Azzopardi’s book Verġni Sagri, Demonji u Boloh għal Alla (Sacred Virgins, Demons and Holy Fools) is the winning title in the category of research in the humanities in this year’s edition of the National Book Prize. Published by Horizons, the...

  • The slush pile

    J.K. Rowling has been upsetting quite a few of her readers recently, with her repeated incursions into the Harry Potter mythology. On each outing – whether speaking at a festival, on her own Pottermore site, or in an interview – she adds some new...

  • Call for scriptwriters open until tomorrow

    Call for scriptwriters open until tomorrow

    An intensive, two-day workshop with Jean Pierre Magro is being organised by Creative Writing Alliance Malta. Magro is a writer and producer based in London. His latest film production, We are Monster, competed at the Edinburgh Film Festival and...

  • Comics as an educational tool

    Comics as an educational tool

    There’s a drive to include comics in the country’s national drive for literacy and it’s all thanks to the people behind the Graphic Novels Library Malta. It all started with Batman, Graphic Novels Library Malta (GNLM) co-founder Luke Caruana...

  • The pain of others

    The pain of others

    Following the opening of Darrin Zammit Lupi’s photography exhibition Isle Landers and book launch at St James Cavalier last week, I woke up the next day and immediately browsed through the publication over my morning coffee. As I reached the end...

  • The travails of love in later years

    Maria Grech Ganado: Taħt il-Kpiepel ta’ Għajnejja. Klabb Kotba Maltin, 2014. 96pp. Maria Grech Ganado has long been a leading poet writing in Maltese as well as in English. She is notable for her relentless self-anatomising, especially since this...

  • New book about horticulture

    New book about horticulture

    A book by Maurice Mizzi dedicated to Maltese horticulture, The Pleasures of Gardening in the Maltese Islands, was launched at an event hosted by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. The author presented a donation to the Community Chest Fund...

  • Surgeon’s autobiography launched

    Surgeon’s autobiography launched

    In at the Deep End is the title of the 375-page autobiography of the well-known surgeon Lino Cutajar. The book, which is subtitled An overview of social and historical events and medical developments (1940-2014), recounts Cutajar’s life story,...

  • Japanese version of Peter Mayo book

    Peter Mayo’s book Gramsci Freire and Adult Education. Possibilities for Transformative Action, published in its original English version by Zed Books in 1999, has been published in Japanese by TaroJiro-Sha Editus Co., Ltd. This is the seventh...

  • New picture dictionary in Maltese and English

    The first picture dictionary in Maltese featuring an extensive list of words and pictures totally localised and firmly planted in the Maltese reality, culture and environment has been released by Merlin Publishers. Stampa-kelma, the result of...

  • Isle Landers has landed

    Isle Landers has landed

    Where does one begin to show the plight of thousands who attempt to reach Malta on rickety vessels? Darrin Zammit Lupi tells Veronica Stivala about a project that has been over 10 years in the making. It was a cold, wet and windy December day in...

  • The slush pile

    The slush pile

    Today’s column was not meant to happen. I had promised myself to steer clear of commenting on last week’s book festival, seeing how anything related to the book industry in Malta seems to get mired in controversy andpetty squabbles. But my life is...

  • Maltese marauders: archipelago of privateers

    Maltese marauders: archipelago of privateers

    Mention the word pirates and chances are you will elicit one of two opposite reactions – either the lightweight, “shiver me timbers” sort, inspired by the whole Pirates of the Caribbean fad or a more serious “yeah, you mean marauders and...

  • From Gorillaz to Tank Girl

    From Gorillaz to Tank Girl

    Comic book artist Rufus Dayglo’s work is a pop culture geek’s dream. Ramona Depares interviews him ahead of his participation at Malta Comic-Con. His body is a testament to his passion for comics. Strips from the Silver Surfer are tattooed on his...

  • What the French really did in Malta

    Charles Xuereb: France In The Maltese Collective Memory: Perceptions, Perspectives, Identities after Bonaparte in British Malta. Malta University Press, 2014. 418 pp. On page 126 of the book there is a direct reference to the place where those who...

  • Merchants of death

    Joe Mifsud; Terror’s Footprints. Kite Group, 2014. 440 pp It still remains to be explained why an island so small should have attracted terrorists on a scale so large. For all its geographic insignificance, Malta has had a hugely significant role...

  • Through the eyes of two generations

    Through the eyes of two generations

    In a story spanning 60 years, Angela Mastronuzzi and Patricia Salomone’s new books tell of life in Malta and Italy. Jo Caruana explores what makes these books so special. It’s always enchanting to read stories of private memories. Personal...

  • The very short story book

    The very short story book

    Spurred by the fact that most Maltese don’t read, Ġorġ Mallia has published a book of stories so short you can read them in a minute. And yes, it works. He shares a few words with Veronica Stivala. We don’t read any more. Well, we do, but very...

  • The Bible has had ‘greatest impact on modern society’

    The Bible has had ‘greatest impact on modern society’

    The Bible, Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species and Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time have been named as the books which have had the greatest impact on the modern world in a British poll. The survey, commissioned by the Folio Society,...

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