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  • Revolutionary Russian poet in Malta this month

    Revolutionary Russian poet in Malta this month

    Russian Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko – best-known for his poem Babi Yar and the eponymous symphony made in collaboration with composer Dmitri Shostakovich – will visit Malta at the end of June. The distinguished Russian poet, writer, actor and film...

  • Love poetry and cancer

    A poetry book documenting the stories of cancer patients, survivors and families who have lost significant ones to this illness has just been published by Glen Calleja. Despite the poignancy of the subject matter, the author describes the book,...

  • The slush pile

    Shop staff at Waterstone’s have a reputation for not being among the most knowledgeable about the books they’re selling. Trust me, then, to find the exception. I had just picked up volume 2 of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, and the guy at the...

  • A life dedicated to God

    Frank Zammit: The life of Pope John Paul II. Kite Group, 2014. 100 pp. This book was published on the occasion of the canonisation of Pope John Paul II, canonised together with that other great Pope John XXIII of Vatican Council II fame. The book...

  • Bushfire Summer talk

    The prize-winning Maltese-Australian author Lou Drofenik will deliver a talk in English about her new novel, Bushfire Summer, tonight at 6pm in the Faculty of Arts Library, Old Humanities Building at the University of Malta. Entrance is free and...

  • The intricacies of an island’s politics

    John Baldacchino and Kenneth Wain: Democracy Without Confession Philosophical conversations on the Maltese political imaginary. Allied Publications, 2013, 320 pp. Alternattiva Demokratika’s performance in the 2013 elections was nothing for them to...

  • World Cup history book in Maltese

    World Cup history book in Maltese

    An extensive book on the World Cup, in Maltese and covering the initial 1930 edition up to 2010, has been launched by Horizon. This hardcover publication covers in detail all the editions, with a background on each World Cup, at times match by match.

  • Winnie-The-Pooh ‘best-loved book’

    Winnie-The-Pooh ‘best-loved book’

    Winnie-The-Pooh has triumphed over modern titles such as The Gruffalo to be named the best-loved children’s book of the last 150 years. AA Milne’s classic, published in 1926, was the first volume of stories about the likes of Christopher Robin,...

  • The poetry in our islands

    Do you feel that where you were born and grew up, and above all your family, influenced you to become a writer? I grew up in Canton, Ohio, the US – a place, sadly, that’s more prosaic than poetic. But in my family, words were important. My father...

  • The weather is just write

    The window is open, but only just: I want to know that it’s day outside, but I don’t want it in here. The coffee machine is gargling meaninglessly in the corner, like some aged grandparent trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle of memories. I have...

  • The capital’s entrances

    Michael Ellul: Valletta, Porta Reale and Environs, National Archives Malta. 2013, 122 pp. Michael Ellul’s Valletta, Porta Reale and Environs is an excellent, timely publication that focuses not only on the controversial gash in the Valletta...

  • The Maltese hymn that reaches round the world

    Hector Scerri, Joe Zammit Ciantar: The Holy Eucharist and the Hymn T’Adoriam Ostia Divina. Foundation for Theological Studies and the Faculty of Theology, The University of Malta. 2014, 96 pp. The 24th International Eucharistic Congress that was...

  • A web of intrigue

    L-Anġlu tal-Lament is a new, contemporary Maltese novel where James Oldens is introduced as a weird character who meets the narrator on an business flight to Lisbon. A particular friendship is born between the two with James’s declaration that he...

  • The Duchesne Library: aworld of profit and delight

    The Duchesne Library: aworld of profit and delight

    It is half past three on a Saturday afternoon in July and my daughter is waiting eagerly by the door of our flat with a backpack stuffed with books parked neatly on the floor next to her. We are getting ready for a 20-minute drive to the library...

  • The summer is magic, tragic and dramatic

    The summer is magic, tragic and dramatic

    Towel? Check. Sun lounger? Check. Frilly drink with plenty of tinkling ice cubes? Check. A pool with clear water to dip your toes into? Check. There’s just one thing that’s missing from your recipe for a perfect Sunday morning in your garden: a...

  • The slush pile

    The amount of content our minds consume on a daily basis is insane. Possibly, never before have we been such voracious consumers of content in all its incarnations: literature, movie, television series, music, apps, social media and blogs. Or at...

  • The Malta-Pachino connection

    Arnold Cassola, Silvio Aliffi; Malta-Pachino – una storia in comune. Siracusa: Morrone, 2014. 115pp. Cassola and Aliffi give us here a fascinating account of the founding of the town of Pachino, which is near the south-easternmost tip of Sicily.

  • Letters from 19th-century Gozo

    Letters from 19th-century Gozo

    Joseph Calleja (Ed.) The Gozo Observer. The University of Malta – Gozo Campus. December 2013, Pp 42. Three letters from a Ragusan archives, written by a teenager belonging to the Pluchinotta family of Sicilian gentry, have made it possible for...

  • Activity books focus on history and geography

    Activity books focus on history and geography

    History and geography can be a tad boring for the little ones, unless tackled the right way, preferably with a bit of a creative approach. This is exactly what the Exploring Malta series of educational activity books do. Take our islands’...

  • US writer wins UK book prize

    American psychologist and writer Andrew Solomon won the 2014 Wellcome Book Prize for his Far From the Tree: A Dozen Kinds of Love about raising unusual children ranging from prodigies to those suffering from autism and dyslexia. The prize, which...

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