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Welcome to Gerakbudaya Bookshop

We are passionate about the books that matter

Opened in 2014 and located in the heart of George Town’s world heritage site, Gerakbudaya Bookshop is
an essential part of the city’s cultural life. The name of the bookshop is well chosen. In the Malay language,
gerak denotes move while budaya means culture. We hope our presence helps stimulate fresh, radical ideas
and new forms of cultural engagement in Penang and beyond.

Gerakbudaya Bookshop is a place for people who love books to meet, talk and, of course, browse. Visit us any time.

Featured Books

Punk, Penentangan dan Politik Transnasionalisme

Punk eringkali dipandang negatif dan dilemparkan dengan tuduhan-tuduhan eperti ampah ma yarakat, tidak berguna, tidak berakhlak dan ebagainya...
Bad Feminists: Essays

New York Time Be t eller A collection of e ay panning politic , critici m, and femini m from one of the mo t-watched young cultural ob erver...
Golden Hill

New York, a mall town on the tip of Manhattan I land, 1746 One rainy evening, a charming and hand ome young tranger fre h off the boat from England...
Hag-Seed (The Tempest Retold)

William Shake peare' The Tempe t retold a Hag-Seed   Felix i at the top of hi game a Arti tic Director of the Make hiweg Theatre Fe tival Hi...
Travelling Nation-Makers: Transnational Flows and Movements in the Making of Modern Southeast Asia

Cro -border movement are often di cu ed a a high-level ab traction, but people cro border a individual Their live are re haped by the...
Finding Malaysia: Making Sense of an Eccentric Nation

Some of the mo t engaging contemporary writing ha een the tran formation of the political column into a literary art form – an important way of...
The End of Empire and the Making of Malaya

Modern Malaya wa born in a period of war, in urrection, and monumental ocial upheaval Tim Harper' acclaimed 1999 tudy examine the achievement of...
Letters to Home: Young Malaysians Write Back

24 univer itie 7 countrie 1 hope The e are the voice of young Malay ian all over the world--penning down our dream , fear , concern ,...

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February 2017 Bestsellers

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It’s already the first day of the new month – with the time seemingly passing in a blur – and an opportune moment to look back at what moved

January 2017 Bestsellers

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JANUARY BESTSELLERS. It’s time to reveal the hot picks for the first month of the new year. One clear theme is the longevity of some of our cust

November 2016 Bestsellers

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NOVEMBER BESTSELLERS. It’s no surprise that last month’s bestsellers’ list is dominated by writers who appeared at the recently conc

October 2016 Bestsellers

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OCTOBER BESTSELLERS. We’re a little late with this, so let’s get straight down to business with the bestsellers for October. As always the

Hassan Muthalib: Shadows and the Shadowy: Wayang Kulit and Cinema

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Shadow play – known as wayang kulit in the Nusantara and acknowledged in the West as an early form of cinema – comes to life only when there is li

September 2016 Bestsellers

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The months seem to be passing by all too quickly, and it’s already time to look back at the bestsellers for September. It’s pretty cool th

Fathers and Sons at the George Town Literary Festival

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GEORGE TOWN LITERARY FESTIVAL : WORDS MUSIC. It’s about time we did our second feature on this year’s George Town Literary Festival (25–

August 2016 Bestsellers

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With all the excitement looking forward to the George Town Literary Festival, it’s time to sober up and look back at the movers and shakers of A

Gerakbudaya Writers at the George Town Literary Festival

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GEORGE TOWN LITERARY FESTIVAL #1. It may only be a speck on the horizon … well, nearly three months away … but here’s our first post


Tan Twan Eng Author of The Gift of Rain and The Garden of Evening Mists

The opening of a new bookstore is always a cause for celebration, especially when all we keep reading about is how bookstores worldwide are closing down. Every new bookstore that opens is another flaming torch holding back the darkening world.

Adil Johan Writer and musician

One of the best selections of academic and non-academic books in Malaysia. Very passionate and knowledgeable staff. This is not just a bookshop, it is an institution and a community.

Lorem Writer

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