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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 Origin of Others
RM105.00

America’s foremost novelist reflects on the themes that preoccupy her work and increasingly dominate national and world politics: race, fear,...
Grit & Grace: The Grandeur of Monochrome Malaysia
RM850.00

Grit & Grace is SC Shekar's magnificent homage to Malaysia A beautifully designed volume and printed to the highest standards, containing over...
The World Atlas of Street Food
RM135.00

Street food is fresh, cheap, plentiful, varied and available in an increasing number of metropolitan locations Food that was previously only...
The Interplay of the Oral and the Written in Chinese Popular Literature
RM315.00

Although the interrelationship between oral (or performing) and written traditions in Chinese popular literature is an issue that concerns...
The Thing Around Your Neck
RM35.90

From the Orange Prize-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun come twelve dazzling stories that turn a penetrating eye on the ties that bind men and...
Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump
RM53.00

A powerful challenge to the way we understand the politics of race and the history of anti-racist struggle Whether class or race is the more...
Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles
RM220.00

Including many rare and antique examples, this luxurious volume introduces readers to the intoxicating and complex beauty of Indonesian...
Planting Empire, Cultivating Subjects British Malaya, 1786–1941
RM320.00

Planting Empire, Cultivating Subjects examines the stories of ordinary people to explore the internal workings of colonial rule Chinese, Indians and...

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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