Malta Book Fes­ti­val opens to­day

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The 2016 edi­tion of the Malta Book Fes­ti­val at the Mediter­ranean Con­fer­ence Cen­tre will be open to the pub­lic from to­day to 13 Novem­ber, morn­ings and evenings.

Week­day morn­ings are re­served for young read­ers and schoolchil­dren and spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties have been pre­pared for them, in­clud­ing drama and ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties. There will be other child-ori­ented ac­tiv­i­ties in the evenings as well.

The fes­ti­val will fea­ture a good num­ber of con­fer­ences on a wide va­ri­ety of top­ics, book launches and pre­sen­ta­tions, meet­ings with the au­thors and an ex­hi­bi­tion on book-bind­ing. As is now cus­tom­ary, a num­ber of au­thors of in­ter­na­tional renown will make an ap­pear­ance at the fes­ti­val and par­tic­i­pate both in con­fer­ences and in events ded­i­cated to their lives and work.

The par­tic­i­pants for this year in­clude vir­tu­ally all lo­cal pub­lish­ers, ma­jor book­shops and book dis­trib­u­tors, pub­lic en­ti­ties and NGOs. In par­tic­u­lar, Malta Li­braries has taken a very ac­tive role in this year’s edi­tion of the fes­ti­val, work­ing with both the Na­tional Book Coun­cil and the Na­tional Lit­er­acy Agency to set up ac­tiv­i­ties meant to en­cour­age the young to read more. This is in keep­ing with the min­istry’s mis­sion to raise the level of lit­er­acy and read­ing among lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

For­eign lan­guages are also rep­re­sented with the very ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Ital­ian Cul­tural Cen­tre, the Span­ish Em­bassy and the French Em­bassy, whose stand will be host to Li­brairie ‘La Boucherie’ Paris and Bi­b­lionef, an NGO that dis­trib­utes books in over 66 coun­tries.

The win­ner of last year’s Life­time Achieve­ment Award, po­et­ess Maria Grech Ganado, will have an event ded­i­cated to her work and life. This is a unique op­por­tu­nity for mem­bers of the pub­lic to meet the po­et­ess in per­son, and also to lis­ten to her po­etry be­ing re­cited by pro­fes­sional read­ers.

Ut­most care has been taken both to pub­li­cise the event and to make sure the pub­lic ben­e­fits from all pos­si­ble ameni­ties. In fact, there will be a shut­tle ser­vice run­ning from next to the In­de­pen­dence mon­u­ment in Flo­ri­ana to the Mediter­ranean Con­fer­ence cen­tre all day at the week­end.

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