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.


                           Scan here for our  FALL 2015 EVENTS Newsletter!

                           Scan here for our  FALL 2015 EVENTS Newsletter!

THE BIG NEWS OF THE SUMMER HAS COME TO PASS:  HARPER LEE's FIRST DRAFT OF TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, GO SET A WATCHMAN, HAS BEEN PUBLISHED AND IS ON SALE!   ORDERS MAY BE PLACED HERE.  THIS IS FROM PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:  Harper Lee, whose single work of fiction, To Kill a Mockingbird, earned her the National Medal of Freedom and the distinction of having written one of the bestselling novels ever published, is going to be releasing a second book. According to the Associated Press, Go Set a Watchman, which Lee completed in the 1950s, will be published by HarperCollins in July.

The book, the AP said, was "discovered" recently and is "essentially" a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. The 304-page work will mark Lee's first release in over 50 years.

Lee's sole published novel to date, To Kill a Mockingbird, continues to be remarkably popular; it sold over 382,000 copies in mass market paperback, and about 65,000 in trade paperback, in 2014, according to Nielsen BookScan, which tracks approximately 80% of print sales.

Go Set a Watchman has also been acquired in the U.K., by CEO of Penguin Random House there, Tom Weldon. Weldon took U.K. and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in deal with Andrew Nurnberg at Andrew Nurnberg Associates, and the U.K. edition is also set for a July 2015 release.

PRH said the new novel follows the young heroine from To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout, as an adult woman. In a release about the book, Lee said she felt the novel is "a pretty decent effort." The book was set aside by Lee after To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and, PRH said, "never returned to" by the author.

Considered lost, it was discovered in 2014 by Lee's lawyer and friend, Tonja Carter, who, PRH added, stumbled upon it in "a secure location" where it had "been affixed to an original typescript of To Kill a Mockingbird."

Lee said of the new release: "After much thought and hesitation I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years."

Set roughly 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman features a number of the same characters from Lee's first novel; in it Scout arrives in her small Southern town of Maycomb, from New York City, to visit her father. There, PRH said, she is "forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood

Lorrie Moore

Lorrie Moore

Lorrie Moore visited recently as the Stellfox Award-winner at Dickinson College.  She was wonderful in all respects:  gentle, funny, sharp as a tack, observant, patient, and gracious.  Yes, pretty much like her excellent fiction.  We have some signed copies yet, but they are going fast.


We have some signed books by Twig George as a bonus from her successful and popular appearance at The Craighead  House on Saturday, October 11th:  4 copies of Pocket Guide to the Outdoors Based on My Side of the Mountain (written with her mother, Jean Craighead George); 5 copies A Dolphin Named Bob; and 4 copies of Jellies:  the Life of Jellyfish.  First come, first serve!

What's New! 

  • On November 3rd, Isabel Allende's new novel, The Japanese  Lover, will be published.  It looks to be a classic world- and culture-spanning novel, and Allende has been a store favorite for decades.  Until Halloween, we will offer 20% off either the hardcover or the audiobook.  Click on the title to join the line of eager readers.
  • Great news of lovers of fine historical writing:  David McCullough's new book, The Wright Brothers, is out! 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!
  • 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.
  • Marilynne Robinson, one of America's great novelists, author of Housekeeping and Gilead, is out with a new novel in her Gilead world.  Lila looks as wonderful as the earlier two!
  • The most popular mystery series we sell is Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache novels, featuring a thoughtful and melancholy inspector in Quebec, Canada.  Voila!  The new number (tenth) is here:  The Long Way Home.  You thought retirement would be the end?  Non!

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!

Allison Pataki's new novel, The Accidental Empress, is about Empress  Elizabeth of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the late 18th Century, a romantic story with everything in it from love and politics to heartbreak and assassinations.

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.