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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 Gloaming
RM79.90

'The best lives leave a mark' A bewitching tale of first love, shattering grief, and the dangerous magic that draws us home Mara's island is one...
Home Fire
RM52.90

Isma is free After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she is finally studying in America, resuming a dream...
The Lie of the Land
RM79.90

Quentin and Lottie Bredin, like many modern couples, can't afford to divorce Having lost their jobs in the recession, they can't afford to go on...
Sour Heart
RM52.90

Winner of the PEN/Robert W Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction A Guardian, Nylon, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, Vulture and Shelf Awareness Book of the...
The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today
RM87.00

An expert new voice presents an overarching account of the biggest questions of today - all in one accessible book Since the days of Adam Smith,...
Taming Babel: Language in the Making of Malaysia
RM80.00

Taming Babel sheds new light on the role of language in the making of modern postcolonial Asian nations Focusing on one of the most linguistically...
Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins
RM90.00

Matsutake is the most valuable mushroom in the world―and a weed that grows in human-disturbed forests across the northern hemisphere Through its...
Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter
RM69.00

Peter Singer is often described as the world's most influential philosopher He is also one of its most controversial The author of important books...

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Bestsellers

Latest News

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

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

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.

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