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 during your holiday shopping season in Downtown Carlisle and elsewhere!


New & Notable books of the season: 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!

Previous Dickinson professor Tom Reed’s latest novel Seeking Hyde follows the life of a young Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Both fact and fiction, Reed will take you on a worthwhile journey!

J.K. Rowling’s The Crimes of Grindelwald is here! Read the screenplay before seeing the movie, like a true Harry Potter fan!

American History is a hot topic these days, once again. Beschloss, Lepore, Goodwin, and Meacham examine American history with well-formulated insight and authority. Get informed, and remember to vote!

The latest edition of Greg Heffley’s middle school years arrives at Whistlestop, perfect timing for the oncoming cold of winter time! And if you need to catch up with the rest of the series, we have those too!

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!

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!

Fantasy Fiction is popular this month! We’ve got the latest edition of the Shadow Hunters series by Cassandra Clare, an exciting novel My Sister. The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, and George R. R. Martin’s latest release, Fire & Blood, placing its reader 300 years before his famed series! Great gifts for fantasy and sci-fi lovers alike!

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!

We all need more cat stories in our lives. Enjoy this endearing novel about a man and his cat.

Happy Holidays from the Whistlestoppers! We have the 2018 Carlisle Ornament, children’s Holiday books, and chocolate! Find your holiday gifts here!

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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!

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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.