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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.

 

The eagerly-awaited second volume of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls has arrived!.  Perfect for gifts!

A book that's lighting the bright flame of inspiration and rebellion in readers of all ages and genders?  Why, Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, of course!  An order is a click away -- or visit the store to take part in the uprising!

WHISTLESTOP BOOKSHOP'S IDEA OF MARCH MADNESS IS ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED NOVELS OF THE SEASON, SUSAN PERABO'S THE FALL OF LISA BELLOW.  SUSAN DAZZLED US ALL HERE AT THE STORE TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 6-8 PM FOR A BOOK LAUNCH AMID HER FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND COLLEAGUES.  SUSAN IS THE WRITER IN RESIDENCE AND A PROFESSOR OF CREATIVE WRITING AT DICKINSON COLLEGE AND A FRIEND FOR DECADES OF WHISTLESTOP.

We are always excited by a new David McCullough book!  This collection of essays includes his address to Dickinson College delivered in 1998.

 
The Book of the YEar for Whistlestop:  Kim van alkemade's Orphan #8, launched here on August 4, 2015.

The Book of the YEar for Whistlestop:  Kim van alkemade's Orphan #8, launched here on August 4, 2015.

One of the premier essayists in the US, Ta-Nehisi Coates's new book is a collection of his pieces published in The Atlantic from 2009-2016.

                                                               

                                                               

NEIL GAIMAN IS A PILLAR OF THE STORE, A MAGICIAN WHO KEEPS US STEPPING LIVELY BETWEEN THE CHILDREN'S AREA, YOUNG ADULT, GRAPHIC LITERATURE, AND, OF COURSE, FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION TO SUPPLY BOOKS FOR HIS CLAMORING (PERHAPS SOFTLY MURMURING) AUDIENCE.  HIS LATEST, NORSE MYTHOLOGY, IS HIS TRANSFORMATION OF NORSE TALES OF GOD AND MAGIC INTO SHORT STORIES

And not to be outdone with his Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman on the same day debuted his rollicking parody of graphic gothic literature with Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire.  The title alone sounds like a mutant Robert E. Howard spliced with Clark Ashton Smith prose poem (and I say that as a fan of both gentlemen).  Enjoy!


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A popular new book on the irrepressible Craighead family is out by our own Tom Benjey, scholar of early football and Lone Star Dietz of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, and published by the University of Montana Press.  We have signed copies on hand!  The Craigheads spent many happy and crucial summers at a rambling old farm house on Yellow Breeches Creek that is currently being restored and preserved by the Craighead House Association.


Long-awaited film and screenplay are now available!  J.K. Rowling is the star of page, stage, and screen.

 

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, and Pomegranate.
  • quality remaindered books, cds, and dvds 
  • secondhand books online, paperback and hardcover, reasonably priced
  • magazines in many categories
  • cards from Earth Sky + WaterPaper LanternLeanin' 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 
  • 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!

An author interview with Kim van Alkemade(http://kimvanalkemade.com), author of the bestselling novel, Orphan #8 (http://www.whistlestoppers.com/new-products-2/orphan-8), and Jeff Wood on location at Whistlestop Bookshop (http://www.whistlestoppers.com). Video provided by Greg Bear/gbmediadesign (http://www.gbmediadesign.com).

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.