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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

I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen

The definitive biography of the late Leonard Cohen - singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist The genius behind such classic songs...
New Politics 2.0: Multiracial and Moderate Malaysian Democracy

This book discussed the ‘how’ New politics is a perjuangan (struggle), a holistic process of doing better politics based on values and bringing...
Sorcerer to the Crown

Shortlisted for the 2016 Locus First Novel Award & the British Fantasy Society Award for Best Novel and Best Newcomer The fate of English...
I Am Not Your Negro

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary To compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck...
T2 Trainspotting

Ten years on from Trainspotting, Simon 'Sick Boy' Williamson is back in Edinburgh after a long spell in London Having failed spectacularly as a...
The Travels of Marco Yolo: Blazing Trails where Marco Polo Feared to Go

Hitch-hiking along Malaysia's Federal Highway with one exponent of each of the nation's ethnic groups Hanging out with ISIS-affiliated black...
North Korea: State of Paranoia

Secretive, mysterious, and almost certainly dangerous, North Korea is an object of endless fascination—and worry—for the rest of the world The...
I, KKK: The Autobiography of a Historian

I, KKK – The Autobiography of a Historian recounts the life of Khoo Kay Kim – from his earliest memories in a time of war and conflict, all...

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Rehman Rashid (1955–2017)

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REHMAN RASHID (1955–2017). “The stories go on forever; they’d outlast eternity if they could.” It was with great sadness that we h

April 2017 Bestsellers

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The wheel of time turns and we welcome the new month by looking back at the bestsellers’ list for April. It contains both familiar titles but al

The Puppets Never Die

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It’s been a great privilege and pleasure over the past year and more to help produce a really wonderful – and unique – publication. The subject

March 2017 Bestsellers

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The ebb and flow of what our customers buy is always fascinating, and there are two outstanding patterns: books about Penang and visual books, sometim

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


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

The opening of a new bookshop is always a cause for celebration, especially when all we keep reading about is how bookstores worldwide are closing down. Every new bookshop 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.

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