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Welcome to Gerakbudaya Bookshop

We are passionate about the books that matter


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

Floating Threads: Indonesian Songket and Similar Weaving Traditions
RM160.00

Floating Threads catalogues float weave techniques used to decorate batik cloth throughout the Indonesian archipelago and hints at possible lines of...
Living with the Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples
RM174.00

A panoramic exploration of peoples, objects and beliefs over 40,000 years from the celebrated author of A History of the World in 100...
The Half-Finished Heaven: Selected Poems
RM52.50

Luminous, surreal, and suffused with a meditative calm, the selected poems of the Nobel Prize-winning poet who defined late-20th century Scandinavian...
Zaitoun: Recipes and Stories from the Palestinian Kitchen
RM167.90

A dazzling cookbook with vibrant recipes, captivating stories and stunning photography from Palestine  Bursting with the freshness and...
Warlight
RM77.90

In a narrative as mysterious as memory itself – at once both shadowed and luminous – Warlight is a vivid, thrilling novel of violence and love,...
Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood and the World
RM79.90

The definitive inside account of the "extraordinary" (Financial Times) 1MDB scandal, "a true life thriller" (Ben Mezrich) about a "modern Gatsby" who...
Herbarium
RM90.00

Herbs are all about living well, from enriching a meal to treating an illness Sacred, almost mystical qualities have often been associated with their...
The Sarawak Report: The Inside Story of the 1MDB Expose
RM80.00

This is the story of the have-nots and the have-yachts,of the failings of globalisation, and how a tiny rainforest campaign derailed the world’s...

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Bestsellers

Latest News

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

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

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