Salleh Ben Joned died earlier this week. There are moving tributes to him everywhere, from those who knew him better than we did – for the poet, the essayist, the teacher, the critic, the actor, the force of nature, the warm, engaging, inimitable man. He...

The past month has been tough for the bookshop – as for many businesses. But it's still with a spring in our collective step that we highlight the bestsellers for last month. At the top of the pile there's a welcome return for Bettina Chua...

Hanna Alkaf, The Weight of Our Skies(Simon & Schuster)Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (Penguin)Zadie Smith, On Beauty (Penguin)A Shukor Rahman, More Penang Stories (Self-published)Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (Vintage)Philip Bowring, Empire of the Winds (I.B. Tauris)Atul Gawande, Being Mortal (Profile Books)Nathalie Wright,...

Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists (Canongate)Bettina Chua Abdullah(ed.), Telltale Food (Hikayat)Kong Tsung-gan, Liberate Hong Kong (Mekong)Lloyd Fernando, Green Is the Colour (Epigram Books)Sandeep Ray, A Flutter in the Colony (HarperCollins India)Preeta Samarasan, Evening Is the Whole Day (Fourth Estate)Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains...

➽ THE FREE GIVEAWAY RETURNS➽ FIGHT THROUGH CARTOONS by ZUNAR When one door closes another one opens. And today we have a new free giveaway to announce – our third! Thanks to the generosity of the distributor Pansing, and especially Leslie Lim, we have ten copies...

We are offering a special deal – no postage charges for all books bought online at the website and delivered to a Malaysian address. If you require any help please get in touch T:  04 261 8001 (Gerakbudaya Bookshop @ Hikayat)E: info@gerakbudayapenang.comA: Gerakbudaya Bookshop, 226 Lebuh Pantai,...

Tim Mackintosh-Smith in conversation with Gareth Richards Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires (Yale University Press) Wednesday 15 January 2020 | 8.00–10.00pm The Book Tim Mackintosh-Smith has written what is widely acknowledged to be the best single-volume history of the Arabs in the English language. Arabs covers...

Eclectic Cultures for All: The Development of the Peranakan Performing, Visual and Materials Arts in Penang Tan Sooi Beng, Grace Choong Ai May and Sarena Abdullah Wednesday 8 January 2020 | 8.00–10.00pm Eclectic Cultures for All is an impressive and innovative study of the unique Peranakan culture of Penang,...

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 Launch and Meet the Author Diary of One Who Disappeared (Epigram Books) by Jason Erik Lundberg Saturday 4 May 2019 4.00–6.00pm Jason Erik Lundberg’s Diary of One Who Disappeared has just...

Gerakbudaya Bookshop will once again be the official bookseller to the award-winning George Town Literary Festival this year. The festival dates are 22–25 November 2018. The theme for this year's edition is "The State of Freedom". The theme was decided before the recent Malaysian election – and this...