Whistlestop Bookshop is an independent bookseller in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in the lovely and historic Cumberland Valley in southcentral Pennsylvania. Our hours are Monday through Wednesday 10-6, Thursday and Friday 10-8, and Saturday 10-6. During other hours we welcome messages via our voicemail, e-mail, or via our website "contact us" boxes.
Join us in the third annual Ice Festival in downtown Carlisle! We will be giving away limited special bookmarks free to children 12 and under!
Celebrating Small Business Saturday doesn’t have to end in November! Remember to support local and small businesses in Downtown Carlisle and elsewhere!
Perfect books for the new year: Michelle Obama’s Becoming is flying off our shelves! We’re constantly restocking and accepting orders. And don’t forget to pair Obama’s autobiography with De Hart’s biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg!
N. K. Jemisin is a three-time Hugo Award winner. Read her compilation of never before seen short stories addressing racial tension and her fantastic world building.
Kate DiCamillo has released another great piece of fiction for younger readers! Also note that our favorite Amy June Bates is the cover artist!
Our favorite author and illustrator Amy June Bates has released a new children’s book, Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story. Her beautiful art graces the pages of these other titles as well!
Catch up on Dav Pilkey’s latest edition to the Dog Man series! Creator of the infamous Captain Underpants archive, this one won’t fail to amuse any young reader!
With the cold weather blowing in, you’ll need to wrap yourself up in a warm blanket with a good book, and some tea! Discover the history of tea you never knew!
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Louise Penny’s latest novel is enticing and mysterious, following the investigation of a strange woman and a detective’s search for answers. Pick it up today!
New to our shelves: a long list of thrillers! Indulge in Taylor Adams’ chilling No Exit, or Amy Gentry’s “twisty and engrossing” Last Woman Standing. And follow up on Alan Bradley’s famous Flavia de Luce in his latest addition to the series, The Golden Tresses of the Dead.
Barbara Kingsolver’s latest release, Unsheltered, is moving and miraculous. It also comes with an exclusive letter in appreciation of independent bookshops like us! We have limited copies of this special edition, get it while you can!
The definitive guide that teaches you how to use the Japanese concept of wabi sabi to reshape every area of your life and find happiness right where you are.
Happy Valentin’es Day from the Whistlestoppers! What is a better gift than a book and some delicious Taza Chocolate? Spot the new flavor: Coconut Almond! Yum!
A hilarious story reminiscent of Charlotte’s Web, this new children’s book brings us chickens with an interesting message to their loving farmers. Chicken Talk is the perfect book to chuckle over, whether you live in the city or the country!
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More of what we do, what we offer, and what we have:
Since we are an independent bookstore, we do things differently. Here you will find:
new books carefully selected in a comprehensive and eclectic spirit
fine journals from The Mincing Mockingbird & the Frantic Meerkat, Moleskine, DeComposition, Peter Pauper Press, Chronicle, and Pomegranate.
quality remaindered books, cds, and dvds
cards from Earth Sky + Water, Notes & Queries, Paper Lantern, Leanin' Tree, and Compendium
postcards, including scenes of Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Army War College
jazz and classical cds
calendars in season (September through February)
jigsaw puzzles for adults and children
educational card decks of all kinds
local honey in a wide variety of packages from Tom Jones, the Happy Beekeeper
bookmarks, bookplates, totebags, and other gifts
Customer service is our goal. Among the ways we pay attention to our patrons in person or off-site are:
quick, efficient special ordering (no extra charge)
Thanks for visiting! Check often for changes and enhancements. Above all, support your independents!
Ursula K. Le Guin sums it up in 6 minutes. This wonderful, wise, brave, honest, articulate woman is a great writer. We are honored to sell all of her work, from Catwings to the Earthsea books to her life-changing books of fantasy, science fiction, and lands-in-between. Here she is accepting a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Award Foundation.