Whistlestop Bookshop is an independent bookseller in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in the lovely and historic Cumberland Valley in southcentral Pennsylvania.


Our hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday.  Need a quick answer?  Call us at 717-243-4744.

What's New! 

  • J.K. Rowling is back!  (As Robert Galbraith, her noir persona.)  We have The Silkworm in hand!
  • Speaking of long waits, Diana Gabaldon's new Outlander novel, Written in My Own Heart's Blood,  is here at last!  We have boxes of them!  Find them here, if you would like to order them through our website.
  • I try to be fair and provide equal promotion to our deep poetry section, but W. S. Merwin's new collection, Moon Before Morning, is special.  He is one of my favorite living poets.  He will revive, uplift, and calm your soul.
  • An intriguing new cultural biography of Shirley Temple and her heyday is out from an eminent American Studies prof at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Quick leaps to selected treasures!


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 Moleskine, DeComposition, Peter Pauper Press, Chronicle, Pomegranate, and Paperblanks
  • quality remaindered books, cds, and dvds 
  • secondhand books, paperback and hardcover, reasonably priced (find us on Half.com!)
  • magazines in many categories
  • cards from Paper LanternLeanin' TreeCompendiumPeaceable Kingdom, and local photographers Joan Navin,  and Larry Rankin
  • postcards, including scenes of Carlisle, Dickinson College, 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 
  • 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)
  • out-of-print searching
  • free giftwrap
  • gift certificates

Thanks for visiting!  Check often for changes and enhancements.  Above all, support your independents!