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For the second year running, Tsek-tsik was the star of the show at the Malta Book Fair last November.
The MCC hall was packed - standing room only - as the Book Fair witnessed a new kind of book event: one that is not about launching a new book or series, indeed even though it is organised by a publisher it encompassed authors and other professionals from across the Maltese publishing industry.
Tsek-tsik is primarily about chatting (hence the name) about books, about reading and writing, in a non-intimidating, fun way. People – not necessarily aficionados of the book world – enjoyed the tour-de-force of ten writers, illustrators, designers, journalists at the top of their game, delving into their pasts, futures and thoughts about the world of writing and reading.
The premise of Tsek-tsik is: 10 guests, each selecting 15 slides, and talking about each slide for exactly 20 seconds. After which the slide flips automatically to the next. This speed and variety is at the heart of what makes Tsek-tsik so different.
Based on the UK’s Canon Tales – conceived by the Society of Young Publishers and now in its fourth year – the Maltese version includes an amazing line-up of guests. Guests ranged from the up-and-coming to the established, from the mainstream to the controversial, and made for a varied introduction into the world of Maltese book publishing.