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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

Licentious Worlds: Sex and Exploitation in Global Empires
RM169.00

Licentious Worlds is a history of sexual attitudes and behaviour through five hundred years of empire-building around the world In a graphic and...
The Translator Gives It Visible Form: Translating Malay and Indonesian Literature
RM15.00

The Annual Hikayat Lecture on Literary Translation Literary translation is easy You just replace the words in one language with the same words in...
The Heartsick Diaspora
RM69.90

Acutely observed, wry and playful, her debut collection celebrates people who are torn between cultures and juggling a fragmented sense of...
Eclectic Cultures for All: The Development of the Peranakan Performing, Visual and Material Arts in Penang
RM60.00

The Peranakan culture of Penang, Malaysia, has a rich and fascinating history Rooted in a place-based identity, it has drawn on Chinese, Malay and...
Ronggeng-Ronggeng: Malaysian Short Stories
RM35.00

Ronggeng-Ronggeng is an important collection that brings into focus the hitherto little recognised variety and richness in Malaysian short-story...
Telltale Food: Writings from the Fay Khoo Award 2017–2019
RM55.00

Thirty-one stories Sustenance, soul and culinary journeys Telltale Food features an astonishing variety of writings that are a delicious...
In the Best of Company: Postcards from the Hajj
RM35.00

Muslim pilgrims have been traveling for Hajj for more than fourteen centuries How similar, how different have their experiences been In our changing...
Contested Space Revisited
RM80.00

In August 2007, the month when Malaysia celebrated 50 years of independence from colonial rule, two historic sites were jointly assessed for...

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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