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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

The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated
RM270.00

A comprehensive exploration of the rich visual culture inspired by the exceptional 11th-century literary masterpiece, from early screen paintings...
The Weight of Our Sky
RM75.00

A music loving teen with OCD does everything she can to find her way back to her mother during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur,...
New Naratif: The First Year
RM90.00

New Naratif: The First Year is a wide selection of New Naratif’s reported features, research articles and comics published between September 2017...
Empire of the Winds: The Global Role of Asia’s Great Archipelago
RM125.00

Nusantaria – often referred to as 'Maritime Southeast Asia' – is the world's largest archipelago and has, for centuries, been a vital cultural...
Bauhaus Imaginista
RM220.00

From its inception in 1919, the Bauhaus was a truly international institution Students and teachers travelled from Croatia, Hungary, Japan,...
Fight Through Cartoons: My Story of Harassment, Intimidation & Jail
RM59.90

This book chronicles Zunar's fight through cartoons from 2009 to 2018 Peppered within the pages of this book are some of Zunar's timeless...
We, The Survivors
RM69.90

A murderer’s confession – devastating, unblinking, poignant, unforgettable – which reveals a story of class, education and the inescapable...
Diary of One Who Disappeared
RM38.90

The year is 2040 and an envoy of the North American Union finds himself a fugitive in the Southeast Asian nation of Tinhau Lucas Lehrer is tasked...

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Latest News

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

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

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