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.


Cumberland Valley news from 1765! Discover local history through Patrick Spero’s latest non-fiction.

Sandra Beasley, a poet, author, and speaker, will share her works with the Carlisle community Monday, November 5th, at 7:30. Whistlestop Bookshop has joined forces with the Dickinson College Department for Creative Writing to introduce this prize-winning author to the Carlisle community.

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Small Business Saturday is November 24th! Whistlestop Bookshop will be opening early that Saturday to ensure optimal bookshopping for all our great customers. See you there!

Author Dav Pilkey returns with his unmistakable artistry and humor in Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas. Reminiscent of Captain Underpants, Pilkey’s loved characters are back for more adventures!

Don’t forget about Dog Man the stuffed animal! The perfect pairing for this new graphic novel.

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2019 calendars have arrived! We have wall calendars, desk calendars, and daily calendars.

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The Carlisle Theater will be screening The Bookshop, a film based off Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel of the same title. Whistlestop Bookshop is a proud sponsor of this choice. The first screening will be October 13th, and the following screenings can be found at our event page. See you there!

The Celebrate the Book Festival of 2018 is fast approaching! The celebrations begin October 20th and last one week. Join Whistlestop Bookshop throughout the week for book signings and receptions at our shop. Meet inspiring authors and find new books!

New York Times best-selling author Tana French’s new novel The Witch Elm is a brilliant new work of suspense believed to be the best fiction of the fall season!

October 28th is National Chocolate Day, but isn’t every day a good day for chocolate? Stop by and browse our featured Taza Chocolate! Just in time for Halloween.

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At turns sly and sweet, this clever new story about friendship will leave no doubt that true magic lies in our connections with others, not just the wishes we make. Enjoy our newest children’s books online and in our store!

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 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)

  • 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.