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  • The Unexplained in Maltese

    The Maltese version of the best-selling collection of ghost stories, The Unexplained, has finally been published, thanks to an encounter at a murder site. Author Vanessa Macdonald – who is also a journalist – had gone to Ħal Far in June 2010...

  • Healing diaspora

    Lou Drofenik: The Reluctant Healer Horizons 2018 Lou Drofenik’s name has become well-known in Maltese literary scene and especially for her eloquent womanist and even feminist voice that passionately echoes the embodied frames of mind of many...

  • Revisting history

    Mark Camilleri: A Materialist Revision of Maltese History: 1919-1979SKS, 2018. Though facts exist objectively, historical facts do not. The difference is constituted by the element of interpretation. While the world is made up of the entirety of...

  • Danusan show at the book festival

    Danusan show at the book festival

    Il-Kotba Jieħdu l-Ħajja (literally meaning ‘books taking on a life of their own’) is an activity which will be showcased for the first time during the Malta Book Festival 2018 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta. The duo Danusan,...

  • Book launch

    Christina Gillgren’s A Little Bit of MisChief, a light hearted, whimsical account of seven years spent sailing from Australia to the Mediterranean and beyond, will be launched at the Royal Malta Yacht Club tonight at 7pm. Gillgren’s journey,...

  • When the book is king

    When the book is king

    The annual Malta Book Festival is the most important book event in the Maltese calendar. Around 30,000 people visit the fair which attracts more than 40 exhibitors. Its cultural programme features well over 50 events in book launches,...

  • A Russian traveller in 18th-century Malta

    Grigory Krayevsky:A short description of the island of Malta and the Order of St John Midsea Books, 2017 The signal victory over the Otto­mans of 1565 won the Order of St John kudos and renown all over Europe. Their island-fortress on the frontier...

  • Maltese-Australian award-winning novelist Lou Drofenik at the Malta Book Festival

    Novelist Lou Drofenik, who won the National Book Prize for best novel in 2017 with The Confectioner’s Daughter (published by Horizons), will be the special guest of the 2018 Malta Book Festival. Drofenik grew up in Malta and now lives in...

  • Launch of 50-year-old Alfred Sant novel

    Launch of 50-year-old Alfred Sant novel

    Alfred Sant’s classic novel, L-Ewwel Weraq tal-Bajtar (Prickly pears in bloom), first issued 50 years ago, will be launched at the National Library, Valletta, on Friday. The event will be attended by award-winning writer Walid Nabhan, who wrote...

  • Painting a wartime picture

    Painting a wartime picture

    Caroline Miggiani: The Official Coloursof War, Recording WWII in Malta.Kite Group, 2018 It has been claimed that ‘no single event in the history of mankind was more documented through art while it happened than World War II’. Throughout the course...

  • Arnold Cassola book to be launched 

    A book by Arnold Cassola called I Maltesi di Vittoria e Scoglitti (1628-1846), published by Morrone Editore, will be launched tonight at 6.30pm at the Faculty of Arts library, University of Malta Msida Campus. On November 18, 1610, Marietta...

  • The female angle at this year’s book festival

    This year’s Malta Book Festival will register a rise in female representation, with the festival’s line-up comprising more than 50 per cent of women authors. Representing Malta together with local guests of the likes of Victor Fenech (who won the...

  • New book on the people who built Ġgantija

    Għajnsielem author Revel Barker will be signing copies of his latest book at the Harbour Craft studio, 8th September Street, Xagħra tomorrow at 7pm. The book is entitled The First Gozitans (and Ġgantija) be­cause, according to the author, the...

  • Celebrating Valletta

    Celebrating Valletta

    Denis De Lucca, Giovanni Bonello and Petra Caruana Dingli (EDS.): Encounters with Valletta – A Baroque City Through the Ages, International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta, Malta, €80. I wonder how many cities can actually...

  • Maria Adeodata Pisani book available soon

    A book about Blessed Maria Adeodata Pisani, written by the late Rev. Prof. Peter Serracino Inglott, was launched recently after a thanksgiving Mass celebrated by the Bishop of Gibraltar, Mgr Carmelo Zammit. The book will be on sale as from Sunday,...

  • Author presents debut novel

    James Vella-Bardon, a Sydney-based author who was born and raised in Malta, will this weekend be signing copies of his debut novel The Sheriff’s Catch. The Sheriff’s Catch, which is published by Unbound UK, is a gritty, fast-paced thriller whose...

  • The burden of sexual identity

    The burden of sexual identity

    This year’s Malta Book Festival includes the participation of award-winning writer Michael Amherst, best known for Go the Way Your Blood Beats. He talks to John Grech about what he terms the ‘fluidity of desire’, and about how society places a...

  • George Borg Olivier’s relations with Communists following Independence

    Newly unearthed Cabinet documents show that following Malta’s Independence in 1964, Prime Minister George Borg Olivier was resolute in establishing official relations with the then USSR. Flouting the near-obsessive admonitions of Archbishop...

  • Prize shortlist announced

    Prize shortlist announced

    The shortlist for the National Book Prize 2018 (NBP) for books published in 2017 has been announced by the National Book Council. The selection process started on May 11 with a total of 172 entries, out of which 40 have been shortlisted – 25 for...

  • Refugees across the channel

    Frank Bezzina, Charles Bezzina: Ir-Refuġjati Maltin f’Għawdex fi Żmien il-GwerraMalta, 2017 When safely protected by the thick glass screens of our televisions, we daily witness the regular migration of thousands of miserable refugees who had to...