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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

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
RM87.90

Told in short, cinematic bursts, Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash is gloriously pulpy Ajo Kawir, a lower-class Javanese teenage boy excited...
We Were Eight Years in Power
RM89.95

“We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended...
Illusions of Democracy: Malaysian Politics and People Volume II
RM50.00

Bringing together a group of both international and Malaysian scholars, Illusions of Democracy: Malaysian Politics and People Volume II offers an...
Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia
RM79.90

Thought-provoking and eye-opening, Blood and Silk is an accessible, personal look at modern Southeast Asia, written by one of the region's most...
Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave
RM269.90

Hokusai created sublime works during the last thirty years of his life, right up to his death at the age of ninety Publications have hitherto...
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
RM80.00

The first novel in 20 years from the Booker-prize winning author of The God of Small Things The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on a...
Sovereign Women in a Muslim Kingdom: The Sultanahs of Aceh, 1641 – 1699
RM105.00

In Sovereign Women in a Muslim Kingdom, Sher Banu A L Khan provides a fresh perspective on the women who ruled in succession in Aceh for half the...
Penang: An Inside Guide to Its Historic Homes, Buildings, Monuments and Parks
RM40.00

This book offers the first detailed account of the individuals and families who arrived as settlers, traders, miners, cooks and explorers and made...

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Latest News

Book Launch: The Travels of Marco Yolo

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The Penang launch of Marco Ferrarese’s engaging new book, The Travels of Marco Yolo (Gerakbudaya). Date: Sunday 22 October 2017, 7.00pm Venue: S

Book Launch: Minister of Finance Incorporated

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The Penang launch of Edmund Terence Gomez’s important new study of Malaysia’s political economy, Minister of Finance Incorporated: Ownersh

Book Launch: Bernice Chauly: Once We Were There

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The Penang launch of Bernice Chauly‘s outstanding debut novel, Once We Were There (Epigram Books). Journalist Delonix Regia chances upon the cul

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

Reflections

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.

Lorem Writer

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General Enquiries

If you require information about our products and services, including events and bookstalls, or if you want to be added to our email list for events, book club membership or special promotions, please contact us at: info@gerakbudayapenang.com