(Brief) history of the Merlin book launch
We’re all set for another Merlin book launch, tonight (Friday 12th April) at Bottegin Palazzo Xara, Rabat.
Merlin launches have evolved over the years. One of the first things we did was to banish the formal, heads-on-a-panel, reading speeches into a mic, format. Nothing wrong with that of course, it’s a perfectly valid form of celebrating a new book, but it just isn’t the Merlin style. The keyword in our launches tends to be - with a few exceptions depending on the context, naturally - informal. We like our launches to be casual get-togethers, where everyone can relax, chill out possibly with some wine and nibbles, chat about books and generally have a good time.
We’ve had all sorts of launches: from the large-scale Valletta mutant invasion of the Wied Wirdien launch, to Stagno’s retro każin-tal-futbol launch, to Żahra’s dramatised characters in the St James Cavalier theatre-in-the-round, to Mejlak’s Strait Street-cellar and jazz after-party launch with live doodling. To, of course, our unforgettable tsek-tsik format, reprised over three years during the Malta Book Fair.
Tonight’s launch - for Mark Camilleri’s second police thriller, Volens - is one of our informal get-togethers, what we fondly call our “Niltaqgħu” evenings that date back to the Riħ Isfel launch in 2007. Don’t expect speeches, re-enactments, interviews or acrobats (all things we’ve done in the past). It’s a very casual, chilled evening with wine, Pastizzi Gourmet, live jazz and Camilleri’s new novel. And lots of friends, hopefully!
Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity to get your copy of Volens signed by the author.
If you’re free tonight, we hope to see you at Bottegin Palazzo Xara, Triq San Pawl, Rabat, from 8.00pm onwards. We hope you’ll have as much fun at one of our launches as we always do.