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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

The Book of Night Women

By the Man Booker-winning author Marlon James, this is the powerful story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at ...

A New World

A year after his divorce, Jayojit Chatterjee, an economics professor in the American Midwest, travels home to Calcutta with his young son, Bonny, ...

The Waves

A formally innovative work of modernist fiction, Virginia Woolf's The Waves is edited with an introduction by Kate Flint in Penguin Modern Classics.

The Autograph Man

The Autograph Man is Zadie Smith's whirlwind tour of celebrity and our fame-obsessed times. Following one Alex-Li Tandem - a twenty-something, Chinese-Jewish ...

The Adventures of Augie March

Saul Bellow's American masterpiece, The Adventures of Augie March includes an introduction by Christopher Hitchens in Penguin Modern Classics. A penniless and ...

A Room of One’s Own

Collecting two book-length essays, A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas is Virginia Woolf's most powerful feminist writing, justifying the need for ...

Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

The most popular work by Chile's Nobel Prize-winning poet, soon to be the subject of Pablo Larraín's acclaimed feature film Neruda starring Gael García Bernal

The Temporary Gentleman

Jack McNulty is a 'temporary gentleman', an Irishman whose commission in the British army in the Second World War was never made permanent. ...

El Filibusterismo

In the spirit of The Count of Monte Cristo and Les Misérables, a major new translation-José Rizal's stunning continuation of Noli Me Tangere. ...


Originally published in 1997, Drown instantly garnered terrific acclaim. Moving from the barrios of the Dominican Republic to the struggling urban communities of ...

Book of the Week


Latest News

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

July 2016 Bestsellers

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In a fit of absent-mindedness we didn’t post about June’s bestsellers – so moving swiftly forwards here’s what happened last month

Poh Soo Kai: Living in a Time of Deception

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By any measure, Poh Soo Kai has lived an extraordinary life at the forefront of the political struggle for justice and equality in Singapore. The publ


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.

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