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.


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.

Brand new -- a major anthology of scholarship on the Carlisle Indian Industrial School which was here from 1879-1918.  Yes, it is outrageously expensive in our opinion (we discount it 10% as a way of protest), but considering both the scarcity of writing on the School and its widely varying quality, this publication is a big deal.  We carry a variety of items related to the subject, including Jim Thorpe biographies, the dvd of the Burt Lancaster film, and books by Luther Standing Bear and Zitkala-Sa.

Our new favorite coloring book!  We stock a good variety of the finest of the adult coloring books (and a good supply for kids) as well as fine sets of pencils and pens.

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.

Nicola's staff pick for the holidays (and every Day)!

Nicola's staff pick for the holidays (and every Day)!

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

The second volume in the new illustrated Harry Potter books is out, and it is as gorgeous as the last year's Sorcerer's Stone.  I think the tremendous success of this idea caught the publisher off-guard despite the HP connection, and I love to have publishers surprised by the success of quality.  I have a fine stack in stock with the holidays in mind.

We still have first edition, first printing copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

New Fall Releases!

What's New! 

  • Great news of lovers of fine historic writing:  David McCullough's new book, The Wright Brothers, has been a great success since Spring. As with the Panama Canal, the Brooklyn Bridge, Truman and Roosevelt, McCullough examines American icons for the humanity and the human stories beneath the textbook reporting. Special luck: the author reads his own work in the audiobook!
  • Now available in paperback!  Spring 2015:  nothing compares to H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.  When it was published last Fall in the UK, it won rave reviews and prestigious prizes.  At last it is available stateside, and it is picking up another round of superlative reviews (Vicki Croke on the cover of the NYT Book Review, the New Yorker, and so on).  H is for Hawk is an astonishing, beautifully-written, and deeply felt memoir of grief, recovery, beauty, literary investigation, and training a goshawk.  Do yourself a favor:  read it, enjoy it, ponder it, celebrate a blessing of a book.

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 (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!

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.