Immanuel Mifsud wins National Book Prize for best novel

Clare Azzopardi, Maria Grech Ganado and Michael Refalo among the winners at this year’s edition of the National Book Prize

Staff Reporter
12 December 2015, 11:33am
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat hands novelist Immanuel Mifsud his winning certificate at this year's edition of the National Book Prize
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat hands novelist Immanuel Mifsud his winning certificate at this year's edition of the National Book Prize
The National Book Council can announce the winners of the National Book Prize 2015: Books 2014. The official prize giving ceremony took place on Friday evening at Auberge de Castille.

National Book Prize participants were present alongside distinguished guests for official speeches by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and the Executive Chairman of the National Book Council, Mark Camilleri.

Certificates were handed out to all shortlisted authors and their publishers and winners in every category recieved a trophy, certificate and a €1,000 prize. The winner of the Literary Work: The Novel Category, that is, Immanuel Mifsud, received a €5,000 grant courtesy of the Malta Arts Council’s Cultural Export Fund to fund the translation of the winning text Jutta Heim into a foreign language.

READ MORE: Immanuel Mifsud speaks about Jutta Heim

The adjudication board for this year’s edition of the National Book Prize was composed of: Prof. Clare Vassallo, Marco Galea and Norbert Bugeja for Literary Categories: Novel, Short Story, Poetry, Drama and Translation.

Prof. Victor Mallia Milanes, Alex Farrugia and Mario Ellul for Research Categories: General and Historiographic.

Prof. Charles Mifsud, Andre’ Vella Laurenti and David Muscat Azzopardi for Children and Adolescent Literature Categories of the Terramaxka Prize.

Cheryl Falzon and Joanne Sciberras also helped in the classification process.

Following are the winners in their respective categories:

Literary Work: The Novel Category

Jutta Heim by Immanuel Mifsud (Klabb Kotba Maltin)

Literary Work: Short Stories Category

Kulħadd ħalla isem warajh by Clare Azzopardi (Merlin Publishers)

Literary Work: Poetry Category

taħt il-kpiepel t’għajnejja by Maria Grech Ganado (Klabb Kotba Maltin)

General Research Category

The Maltese Nineteenth-Century Notary and his Archives by Michael Refalo (Book Distributors Limited)

Historiographic Research Category

The Social and Religious History of a Maltese Parish: St Mary’s Qrendi in the Eighteenth Century by Frans Ciappara (Malta University Press)

Translation Category

Salammbȏ by Paul Zahra (Self Published)

Prize for the Best Book Production

The Maltese Bestiary by Merlin Publishers

Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Maltese Literature

Maria Grech Ganado