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  • This year’s book festival – a round-up

    This year’s book festival – a round-up

    With the upcoming Malta Book Festival just a couple of days away, it is worthwhile seeing what new titles will be on show at the various bookshop and publisher stands. The programme for this year’s festival, which has already been released,...

  • Moments of nostalgia

    Toni Sant: Remembering Rediffusion in MaltaMidsea Books, 2016. In the early 1990s, Ġużè Aquilina had a weekly series in The Sunday Times (of Malta) entitled ‘Meeting People’. My turn came up on January 17, 1993, when I had already been on radio...

  • A wizard and a tree of life

    Ġorġ Mallia’s latest children’s book is in English and draws visually on the Scandinavian “tomtenissar” (Santa’s elves) that are so popular as decorations over the Christmas season. But there’s nothing Christmassy about Mallia’s Sigurd and the...

  • Paul Beatty is first American to win Man Booker Prize for The Sellout

    Paul Beatty is first American to win Man Booker Prize for The Sellout

    Paul Beatty has become the first American author to win the Man Booker Prize for The Sellout which was described as "a novel of our times" by judges. The 54-year-old broke down in tears during his acceptance speech at a ceremony at The Guildhall...

  • Sex, politics, power, crime

    Mark Camilleri: Nex Merlin Publishers, 2016. A detective or whodunit story is one which is read for entertainment and intrigue. Readers around the world are keen on crime and forensic thrillers, as popularised by a number of TV series. But these...

  • Translation of German thriller to Maltese

    In In-Nemmies Alfred Scalpello, senior lecturer in German at the University of Malta Junior College and lecturer in Translation at the University of Malta, pulls off a veritable tour de force of the translator’s craft. In-Nemmies is a translation...

  • A celebration of book culture

    A celebration of book culture

    The programme of events for the 2016 Malta Book Festival reveals the profound transformation this festival has undergone in the past few years. A dynamic and varied celebration of the book culture certainly awaits all bookworms and book lovers,...

  • A new Moses

    Paul P. Borg: Il-Kmandament Numru 11: Ħobb Il-Ħolqien Horizons, 2016.  531pp This thick volume, a work of fiction,  is also an angry com-mentary on the steady ruining of Malta’s environment through the greed of developers and the ignorance about...

  • A wealth of objective data

    Michael Briguglio & Maria Brown (Eds):Sociology Of The Maltese Islands.Miller Distributors Ltd., 2016 If there is anything about Malta which strikes any observer, local or foreign, it is the rate of change which the country has undergone in recent...

  • An inspirational reserve

    Charlo Camilleri:TattwaġġiHorizons, 2016. Tattwaġġi is an inspirational reserve full of existential wealth, a peculiar title and radical energy. What the poet presents to us becomes an invitation to suffuse with his poetical perception and...

  • Crime novel by Camilleri

    In his new book Nex, Mark Camilleri keeps the reader on their toes as he weaves a couple of mystery murders together, and then unravels them to a rather ghastly, unexpected ending. The beginning of the story takes us back to 2003, when journalist...

  • History of agriculture in Malta

    History of agriculture in Malta

    Stanley Farrugia Randon’s love for his country and the desire to ensure that certain terminology relating to ancient agricultural activities is not lost have inspired him to write Il-Biedja f’Malta. While the book is a history of agriculture in...

  • Writing in the shadow of totalitarianism

    Writing in the shadow of totalitarianism

    The British academic and writer Patrick McGuinness, who will be among the special guests for this year’s edition of the Malta Book Festival, was born in Tunisia in 1968 to a Belgian French-speaking mother and an English father of Irish descent, he...

  • Calabria: its people places, events

    Calabria: its people places, events

    Edward Mallia, a life-long environmentalist, has just published A Long Walk - Journeys in Calabria, a 700-page Kindle and DVD book, illustrated with some 400 photographs. The book features an account of more than 40 long treks in the region in...

  • Book by Charles Vella is textbook for marriage counsellors in Italy

    Book by Charles Vella is textbook for marriage counsellors in Italy

    In 1954 Mgr Charles Vella founded the Cana Movement in order to strengthen and promote the Christian family. Since then he has been recognised internationally for his ground-breaking work in Christian marriage and family counselling. He has...

  • Gozo’s ‘new world’

    Pegasus Publishers have just published A Thorne in the Flesh by E. L. Darbishire. As Simon Thorne would likely point out to you, most stories like his start out with a woman. In this case it is the lovely Kristina, Simon’s university girlfriend.

  • Five-day bonanza at Malta Book Festival

    Five-day bonanza at Malta Book Festival

    The Malta Book Festival will take place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta between November 9 and 13. Visitors can expect to find numerous stands representing both local and foreign publishers, bookshops, distributors and NGOs.

  • Slush Pile

    Have you read Americanah? I’m one of those irritating people who, when he’s read and loved a book, obsesses all his friends about it until, no doubt, a fair number of them discreetly ‘hide’ me from their Facebook feed. So here I am to try my luck...

  • Graphic novels donation to Floriana Central Public Library

    Graphic novels donation to Floriana Central Public Library

    NGO Graphic Novels Library Malta (GNLM)successfully ended a crowd-funding campaign on ZAAR.com.mt with over €2,000 raised for the purchase of graphic novels for the Central Public Library in Floriana. The initiative, which started three months...

  • A poet’s diaries

    Ciwanmerd Kulek learnt Spanish with a rifle in his hand, Turkish because he had no other choice and English because of his literary aspirations. He is, to date, the only writer to have translated something from Spanish into Kurdish, his mother...

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