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The cultural program of the Malta Book Festival 2022 includes more than 100 major events aimed at the public, children and their families, and publishing industry professionals, such as book launches, book presentations , performances, workshops and conferences.

Several events target the main actors of the National Book Council (CNB) – publishers, authors, translators, editors, illustrators, graphic designers. NBC aims to strengthen professional networks while increasing opportunities for the creative community. All events are free, but some of these sessions require registration.

Literary speed-dating

The November 26 Literary Speed ​​Dating event will be a unique opportunity to book a 15-minute one-on-one meeting with several publishing professionals in a private setting. The event is for anyone looking for advice on taking the first step into publishing, or pitching a book to a publisher. Professionals available for a one-on-one meeting include John Boyne’s agent, Simon Trewin; book editor Elizabeth Cortis; Poet Laureate Nadia Mifsud; illustrator and art director Gattaldo; co-founder and editor at Praspar Press Kat Storace; literary translator Jen Calleja; and award-winning author and translator Antoinette Borg. Registrations are now open via https://nbcmalta.simplybook.it/v2/.

A hotspot for illustrators and graphic designers

Alongside the exhibitor stand, the festival will host the exhibition From Illustration to Book, a collaboration between the National Book Council and the Arts Council of Malta (ACM).

The exhibition provides a showcase for illustrators and graphic designers working in and around the publishing industry, where visual arts and literature work hand in hand.

As part of the exhibition program, ACM will host a number of “Meet the Artist” sessions. The first session will take place on November 23 with author Trevor Żahra, followed by another on November 24 with Malta’s illustrator community. On Saturday 26, publishers Chris Gruppetta (Merlin Publishers) and Joseph Mizzi (Klabb Kotba Maltin) will be ACM’s guests of honor, while on November 27 it will be the turn of illustrators Marisa Attard and Matt Stroud.

NBC aims to strengthen professional networks while increasing opportunities for the creative community

The Maltese Illustrator Community will also hold its first official meet-and-greet event and launch the second volume of its annual.

Self-publishing: contribute with your editing experience

Some self-published authors have chosen to be at the MFCC among exhibitors showcasing and selling their books. A discussion will take place targeting this segment of the publishing world, entitled “Self Publishing: A Focus on Quality”.

Writers who decide to self-publish often think they have to do it all on their own. For a self-published book to be taken seriously, it must meet the same high standards as traditional publishing houses.

This panel will discuss the path to self-publishing and how industry professionals can ensure high-quality publishing. Author John Bonello will moderate the discussion with editor Elizabeth Cortis, proofreader Dwayne Ellul and illustrator and designer Julian Mallia.

Confessions of a literary agent: Is Malta ready for one?

Veteran literary agent Simon Trewin will give a keynote address on the agent’s role in maximizing an author’s creative and business potential. The transition that the global publishing world has gone through since the early 1990s will be examined, with an idea in mind to gather local perspectives to help establish a literary agency in Malta.

Having worked with a host of international best-selling authors, including John Boyne, in books, film, theater and digital, Trewin will talk about the role of the agent and answer questions from potential authors, published authors or people wishing to embark on a career in publishing.

Participation is by registration via https://ktieb. org.mt.

Live illustration workshop for kids

Gattaldo, the poster illustrator for this year’s Malta Book Festival and author of the children’s book Fearless, will give a unique one-hour illustration workshop session for children aged seven to 12 year. Since the number of participants is limited to 20, one must register for a place. All materials will be provided*

Traveling Maltese Poetry

At the Doreen Micallef National Poetry Competition Awards Ceremony on 25 November, the National Book Council will announce details of its collaboration with Modern Poetry in Translation, the UK poetry magazine showcasing the best in contemporary world poetry. Thanks to this collaboration, a thematic section of the 2023 issue on Maltese poetry in English translation will be published.

More details on submissions, rules and deadlines will be presented at the event.

The Malta Book Festival is the largest and most extensive celebration of book culture in Malta. It takes place from 23 to 27 November at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Center in Ta’ Qali at the following times: 23 and 24 November from 9 am to 1 pm and from 5.30 pm to 9 pm; the 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; the 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The full entertainment program is available at https://ktieb.org.mt/the-2022-malta-book-festival/. For the latest updates, follow the National Book Council website, the NBC Facebook page and the Malta Book Festival 2022 event Facebook page.

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