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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

Vincent’s Portraits
RM75.00

An attractive and accessible survey of some of the world’s most popular images: the portraits and self-portraits of Vincent van Gogh Despite his...
Shakespeare’s Garden
RM95.00

Shakespeare's Gardens  is a highly illustrated, informative book about the gardens that William Shakespeare knew as a boy and tended as a man,...
Apple and Knife
RM69.90

A dazzling and provocative debut story collection from celebrated Indonesian writer Intan Paramaditha, putting fierce and fabulous female characters...
Bali: Ancient Rites in the Digital Age 
RM102.00

Bali: Ancient Rites in the Digital Age is a personal portfolio of work by the photographer Ida Bagus Putra Adnyana — offering a close view of...
A Brief Cultural History of Indonesian Cinema
RM102.00

Good movies can be entertaining, but great movies can be life-altering The best ones inspire you, raise your spirit and deepen your thinking What...
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...
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...
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...

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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