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Welcome to Gerakbudaya Bookshop

We are passionate about the books that matter


➽ Free shipping to Malaysia ❦ We are pleased to inform you that we have waived all postal charges for books ordered online via the website – your books will be delivered as soon as our carriers are able to do so and with no shipping charges.

➽ In-store discounts ❦ We are offering a 10 per cent discount on all books bought in-store.

We will be following the health and safety protocols for all visitors:
➼ taking body temperatures with a contactless thermometer;
➼ providing masks for those who need them and hand sanitiser;
➼ recording contact details to help with tracing.

Thank you for your patience during these extraordinary times. We look forward to seeing you again very soon.


Opened in 2014 and 2018, and located in the heart of George Town’s world heritage site, the two Gerakbudaya Bookshops
are 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

Scream to the Shadows

A Malaysian with an undeniable gift for the narrative —New Straits Times Unconfined to a single theme, this new collection of twenty short stories...
The Penguin Book of Migration Literature

The first global anthology of migration literature featuring works by Mohsin Hamid, Zadie Smith, Marjane Satrapi, Salman Rushdie, and Warsan Shire,...
Towards a New Malaysia? The 2018 Election and Its Aftermath

Malaysia’s 2018 election (GE14) brought down a ruling party in power since independence in 1957 This book tells the full story of this historic...
Thomas Stamford Raffles: Schemer or Reformer?

The name of Thomas Stamford Raffles continues to be a mark of prestige in Singapore, more than 200 years after he first established a British factory...
Blood Work: Life and Laboratories in Penang

What is blood How can we account for its enormous range of meanings and its extraordinary symbolic power In Blood Work Janet Carsten traces the...
Local Democracy Denied? A Personal Journey into Local Government in Malaysia

There are plenty of books on federal government and politics in Malaysia, but very few on local government Yet it is the level of government that is...
The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya, Vol. I

Set in seventeenth-century Istanbul, The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya, Vol I is a beautifully drawn meditation on love, home, faith and loss It...
Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires

A riveting, comprehensive history of the Arab peoples and tribes that explores the role of language as a cultural touchstone This kaleidoscopic...


Book of the Week

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Book Launch: Tim Mackintosh-Smith, Arabs | 15 January 2020

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Tim Mackintosh-Smith in conversation with Gareth Richards Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires (Yale University Press) Wednesday

Book Launch: Eclectic Cultures for All | 8 January 2020

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Eclectic Cultures for All: The Development of the Peranakan Performing, Visual and Materials Arts in Penang Tan Sooi Beng, Grace Choong Ai May and Sar

Book Launch: Diary of One Who Disappeared by Jason Erik Lundberg

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DIARY OF ONE WHO DISAPPEARED Join us this Saturday for the latest Books@Hikayat event, co-organised by the bookshop. Here are the details: Book Launc

George Town Literary Festival 2018

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Gerakbudaya Bookshop will once again be the official bookseller to the award-winning George Town Literary Festival this year. The festival dates are

Cambridge University Press

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        We have just concluded an arrangement for specially discounted prices on Cambridge University Press titles focusing on Mal

Rosalie and Other Love Songs by Saidah Rastam | A Celebration

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Venue: Penang House of Music, Level 4, KOMTAR Date: Sunday 5 November 2017, 4.00pm–6.00pm A celebration of the publication of the new edition of 

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


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.