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.


Celebrating Small Business Saturday doesn’t have to end in November! Remember to support local and small businesses in Downtown Carlisle and elsewhere!


Perfect books for Women’s History Month: Michelle Obama’s Becoming is flying off our shelves! We’re constantly restocking and accepting orders. And don’t forget to pair Obama’s autobiography with De Hart’s biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg!

Angie Thomas has done it again! Following the amazing The Hate U Give, her latest release engrosses readers with captivating characters and important issues.

Kate DiCamillo has released another great piece of fiction for younger readers! Also note that our favorite Amy June Bates is the cover artist!

Our favorite author and illustrator Amy June Bates has released a new children’s book, Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story. Her beautiful art graces the pages of these other titles as well!

Catch up on Dav Pilkey’s latest edition to the Dog Man series! Creator of the infamous Captain Underpants archive, this one won’t fail to amuse any young reader!

With the cold weather blowing in, you’ll need to wrap yourself up in a warm blanket with a good book, and some tea! Discover the history of tea you never knew!

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Louise Penny’s latest novel is enticing and mysterious, following the investigation of a strange woman and a detective’s search for answers. Pick it up today!

In celebration of Black History Month this February, check out these great titles: Toni Morrison’s latest The Source of Self-Regard, Jemisin’s compilation of short stories How Long ‘Til Black Future Month?, and Blight biography on the great Frederick Douglass.

Barbara Kingsolver’s latest release, Unsheltered, is moving and miraculous. It also comes with an exclusive letter in appreciation of independent bookshops like us! We have limited copies of this special edition, get it while you can!

The definitive guide that teaches you how to use the Japanese concept of wabi sabi to reshape every area of your life and find happiness right where you are.

The Best children’s books of the Spring season are on our shelves and online! Hush, Little Bunny follows a familiar theme and rhythm, with a sweet and heart-felt new twist. This one will leave any reader misty-eyed!

Fear the Bunny, following the bunny theme, is another great new children’s book for Spring! Hilarious, fun, and a good choice for any young reader!

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.