Sandra Beasley is the author of three poetry collections: Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox; and Theories of Falling. Her honors include a 2015 NEA Literature Fellowship, the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize, and three DCCAH Artist Fellowships. She has many more books such as a memoir and works in an anthology. Join Whistelstop Bookshop, the Department for Creative Writing at Dickinson College and the Carlisle community on Monday, November 5th for an insightful reading followed by a book signing. This event is located in the Allison Community Room, 99 Mooreland Avenue at Dickinson College.
FALL HISTORY SERIES
CUMBERLAND COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Monday, September 11th, 2017 – Monday, October 2nd, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Todd Hall
Act 48 approved for teachers. Reservations required.
Costs: $45 per member; $65 per nonmember; $20 per session
The Frontier and its Legacy
Jeff Wood has presented the Fall Series at the Society since 2000. He is the owner of the Whistlestop Bookshop, is past-President of the Cumberland County Historical Society and past-President of the Bosler Memorial Library. Every year the Fall Series has retold the history of the county from its founding to the present day.
Cumberland County was founded in a violent game of empires. The Europeans that settled the county learned hard lessons from wars and revolutions, lessons that shaped county history for over a century. In a series of four presentations from September 11 to October 2, 2017, Jeff Wood will tell the dramatic story of the Cumberland Valley from 1730 to the eve of the Civil War. Native history, Scots-Irish and German settlement, tensions with colonial government, early national identity, the Whiskey Rebellion, and the legacy of a frontier spirit will all be woven into the story.
1. Captivity. Patterns developed in the encounters, clashes, and mergers of the European settlers of Cumberland Valley and the Natives of the region. Well-known and obscure captivities will be investigated for their stories, meanings, and legacies.
2. Sideshow. Major John André of His Majesty’s military in the North American colonies spent some time in the Valley as a prisoner of war in 1776. His story and the widely varying accounts of his stay here are worth re-telling.
3. Is Protest Treason? The early National period in the Valley was contentious and dangerous. How did the Valley fare in the new nation? We examine patriotism and liberty after the Revolutionary War.
4. The People and their Presidents. Cumberland Valley rode the whirlwind of the US Presidents from Washington to Jackson. Our relationship to the first seven Presidents is a good biography of the area’s life and times.
Poet, editor, and prose writer Kazim Ali is visiting Dickinson College for a talk on October 6th at 7:30 pm in the Dickinson College's Althouse Building, located at 45 N. College Street, Carlisle, PA. We worked with Mr. Ali before, years ago when he taught at Shippensburg University, and we are pleased to have him return. He received a BA and MA from the University of Albany-SUNY, and an MFA from New York University. He now teaches and writes at Oberlin College.
Whistlestop is pleased to present our biggest Independent Bookstore Day celebration yet!
We will be kicking off the day with free baked goods and coffee from a local bakery and coffee roaster. Later on in the day we will be serving a SUPRISE limited edition, custom-made Whistlestop Bookshop item!
We will also be featuring readings and appearances by nationally renowned writers: Kim van Alkemade (Orphan #8) http://kimvanalkemade.com/ , Susan Perabo (Why They Run the Way They Do, Who I Was Supposed to Be) http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Susan-Perabo/1440845 , and Amy Bates (Ketzel the Cat who Composed, Beach House) http://www.amybates.com/ .
To cap it all off we will have a great local jazz band, The EP Project, playing in and around the store, as well as a raffle with items donated by Sandy at Appalachian Whole Foods Market and an Instagram giveaway contest. We will have a table dedicated to a blind date with a book! More details to come!
In addition to all of these fun, and exclusively Whistlestop activities, we will also be participating in the exclusive Indie Bookstore Day deals!
Step into the Whistlestop Bookshop universe and get swept away in the personalized magic of indie bookstores on April 30th!
Alex Bates, is currently an associate professor of Japanese language and literature at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. from Brigham Young University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His research interests include disasters, ecocriticism, urban modernism, and the early postwar period in literature and film.
The Culture of the Quake is first and foremost an exploration of Taishô-era narrative fiction. Every major film studio produced earthquake films, and authors from I-novelists to modernists, proletarian writers to popular fiction writers wrote something on the earthquake. In every case pre-existing attitudes toward their work shaped the way these people represented the earthquake, and yet the overwhelming destruction and mass suffering also posed particular challenges in representation. How could one show the pain without exploitation? Other scholars have looked at some of these groups of writers or filmmakers individually, but there are no studies looking at how they each tackled a similar subject. The Great Kanto Earthquake is an understudied event that has only recently caught the attention of scholars. By focusing on the way it was represented in high and low culture, The Culture of the Quake gives insight into how people experienced the disaster and how they interpreted it in the years following. This book should be of interest to scholars of Japanese and Asian literature, film, culture, and history, and scholars of disaster studies.
Whistlestop presents the return of the Ken Jankura & Joe Dennison duo, and they are not a group you're going to want to miss!
The duo plays Jazz, with Vocals. Standards, Straight ahead, from the heart, and the head. All out improv. Shades of Jim Hall/Ron Carter. You will not see a finer guitar player this year, and the bass player really tries.
Camy on Wickenden has two permanent members: Emmy Biddle and Cas Pinnell, and for this show we have the lovely Kierra Krystene joining us for three songs, including an original. We primarily play ukulele and acapella covers, but our few originals have acoustic indie vibes.
Tonight's concert of the Ken Jankura & Joe Dennison duo is not one you're going to want to miss!
The duo plays Jazz, with Vocals. Standards, Straight ahead, from the heart, and the head. All out improv. Shades of Jim Hall/Ron Carter. You will not see a finer guitar player this year, and the bass player really tries.
Whistlestop Bookshop is proud to present our first official Mulan’s Lawn Concert Series!
We always like to be a part of connecting the Carlisle community and the Dickinson Community, and we figured music was the best way to do this. We are so excited to announce our first concert will be March 31, 2016 featuring jazz group, The EP Project and Dickinson’s a capella group The Infernos! The concerts will be the following Thursdays or Fridays of April, and we hope to see everyone there!
Come enjoy nights full of music at your local bookstore, Whistlestop Bookshop!
In Leah Ferguson's debut novel, All the Difference, Molly Sullivan is a career-driven, 30-year-old Philadelphian who works really hard to keep everything in her life in perfect order. So when Molly discovers that she's pregnant on New Year's Eve--the same day her long-term boyfriend proposes marriage--she finds out all too suddenly that even the best plans can be torn apart in an instant. All the Difference tells the story of what happens after that New Year's Eve. Molly is faced with a choice, and in alternating chapters, we follow her over the course of the next year to discover how her life changes if she says yes...or if she says no. Molly will discover that while she can't pick the path she's been given to walk, it's up to her to decide how she'll travel it. It all depends on whether she chooses courage to be her guide.
"Gutsy, irreverent, and tender, Nicole Santalucia is a poet of risk. In 'Because I Did Not Die,' she peels away the protective layers behind which she could hide, and, instead, shows us the vulnerable person she is. Unflinchingly, she reveals all her flaws and failures, and through these courageous poems we are drawn into the life she has lived populated by the people she has known and loved. This book is filled with unexpected moments of humor and irony interspersed with powerful, heartfelt poems. Santalucia is an amazing poet with an incredibly strong and recognizable voice." -Maria Mazziott i Gillan
Ross Gay is the author of three poetry collections: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude; Against Which; and Bringing the Shovel Down. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Orion, the Sun, and elsewhere. He is an associate professor of poetry at Indiana University and teaches in Drew University’s low-residency MFA program in poetry. He also serves on the board of the Bloomington Community Orchard.
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is a sustained meditation on that which goes away-- loved ones, the seasons, the earth as we know it -- that tries to find solace in the processes of the garden and the orchard.
THIS EVENT WILL BE AT ALLISON COMMUNITY ROOM ON DICKINSON COLLEGE CAMPUS (IN THE FORMER ALLISON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH BUILDING).
We are so excited for Kim van Alkemade's return visit to Whistlestop for another reading and signing for those who did not have a chance to come for her initial book launch!
In this stunning new historical novel inspired by true events, Kim van Alkemade tells the fascinating story of a woman who must choose between revenge and mercy when she encounters the doctor who subjected her to dangerous medical experiments in a New York City Jewish orphanage years before.
In 1919, Rachel Rabinowitz is a vivacious four-year-old living with her family in a crowded tenement on New York City’s Lower Eastside. When tragedy strikes, Rachel is separated from her brother Sam and sent to a Jewish orphanage where Dr. Mildred Solomon is conducting medical research. Subjected to X-ray treatments that leave her disfigured, Rachel suffers years of cruel harassment from the other orphans. But when she turns fifteen, she runs away to Colorado hoping to find the brother she lost and discovers a family she never knew she had.
Though Rachel believes she’s shut out her painful childhood memories, years later she is confronted with her dark past when she becomes a nurse at Manhattan’s Old Hebrews Home and her patient is none other than the elderly, cancer-stricken Dr. Solomon. Rachel becomes obsessed with making Dr. Solomon acknowledge, and pay for, her wrongdoing. But each passing hour Rachel spends with the old doctor reveal to Rachel the complexities of her own nature. She realizes that a person’s fate—to be one who inflicts harm or one who heals—is not always set in stone.
Lush in historical detail, rich in atmosphere and based on true events, Orphan #8 is a powerful, affecting novel of the unexpected choices we are compelled to make that can shape our destinies.
A kitten’s stroll down a keyboard leads to a celebrated one-minute composition in this charming portrait of a remarkable true friendship.
Moshe Cotel was a composer who lived in a noisy building on a noisy street in a noisy city. But Moshe didn’t mind. Everything he heard was music to his ears. One day, while out for a walk, he heard a small, sad sound that he’d never heard before. It was a tiny kitten! “Come on, little Ketzel,” Moshe said, “I will take you home and we will make beautiful music together.” And they did—in a most surprising way. Inspired by a true story, Lesléa Newman and Amy June Bates craft an engaging tale of a creative man and the beloved cat who brings unexpected sweet notes his way.
Amy June Bates is the illustrator of many wonderful children's books. She is best known for her watercolor and ink illustrations, and her graphic designs have been described as "uncluttered and inviting." She has worked with Harper Collins, Hyperion, Cricket Magazine, Barnes and Noble, and Farrer, Strauss and Giroux, among others. Amy grew up in Utah and graduated in Illustration from Brigham Young University. While in Utah, she worked with the Waterford Institute, where she worked on over twenty early readers. Most importantly, Amy gets to draw, which makes her happy.
Orphan #8 is a historical novel set in 1919, about a woman who when is faced with her past, must choose between revenge and mercy. When Rachel Rabinowitz is four years old, she and her brother are orphaned and then separated. She goes from living in a crowded tenement building in New York's Lower East Side, to a Jewish orphanage where Doctor Solomon subjects her to dangerous medical experiments. She is left disfigured from harsh X-ray treatments and is harassed constantly by the rest of the orphans. When she is fifteen she runs away to Colorado in hopes of finding her brother, Sam, and discovers a family she never knew she had.
Years later, she believes she has shut all her painful memories until one day a sickly and cancer ridden Dr. Mildred Solomon checks in to the Manhattan's Old Hebrews Home where she is a nurse. Solomon becomes her patient and with each hour she holds his fate in her power, she realizes the complexities of her own nature and fate.
We are excited and proud to host the launch of Kim's debut novel at the shop on August 4th. Kim is originally from New York, NY and is currently a writing professor at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. She has written creative nonfiction appearing in literary journals such as Alaska Quarterly Review, So to Speak, and CutBank. Her essays and her new novel have all been received by great reviews and critiques. We will be kicking off her nationwide book tour with refreshments, book signing, and a reading from the book!
How to Articulate and Assess What Success Looks Like
The Social Profit Handbook offers those who lead, govern, and support mission-driven organizations and businesses new ways to assess their impact in order to improve future work rather than merely judge past performance.
For-profit institutions measure their success primarily by monetary gains. But nonprofit institutions are different; they aim for social profit. How do you measure the success of these social profit institutions, where missions are focused on the well-being of people, place, and planet?
Drawing upon decades of leadership in schools and the foundation and nonprofit worlds, author David Grant offers strategies from creating mission time to planning backwards to constructing qualitative assessment rubrics that help organizations take assessment back into their own hands, and improve their work as a result. His insights, illustrated by numerous case studies, make this book a unique organizational development tool for a wide range of nonprofit organizations, as well as emerging mission-based social venture businesses, such as low-profit corporations and B Corps.
The Social Profit Handbook presents assessment and evaluation not as ends in themselves but as the path toward achieving what matters most in the social sector. The result: more benefits to society and stronger, more unified, more effective organizations prepared to make the world a better place
David Finkel will be reading and presenting from his book, The Good Soldiers, on Tuesday April 21st from 1:30pm-4:30pm in Althouse Hall 106 (the auditorium).
Combining the action of Mark Bowden's "Black Hawk Down" with the literary tone of Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried, The Good Soldiers" takes an unforgettable look at those in the surge, the heroes and the ruined, returning from the Iraq War.
Thomas Glavinic will be presenting and reading from his book Night Work, on Thursday, April 9th in Althouse Hall- Room 106 (the auditorium).
The routine of daily life is such that one goes to sleep with the security that tomorrow will arrive, just as it did today.
Jonas, a young professional in contemporary Vienna, wakes up one morning to discover that he may be the last living being on earth. The highways are empty. The restaurants are empty. The animals have disappeared. The radio only emits white noise and the internet is down. No one answers his phone calls.
"Night Work" is a fast-paced, psychological thriller, exploring the darkness that lies deep within us all. With skilled, efficient prose, ""Glavinic unsettles our notion of the human condition and the artifice of civilization, peeling back the onion to reveal our greatest fears, that no one is in charge and that something unthinkable and unjust is about to occur. "Night Work" is a small gem of a book, unlike any other you've read.
Adrienne Su, Poet in Residence of Dickinson College, will be talking about, reading, and signing her new book, Living Quarters: Poems, Thursday, April 2, 2015, 5-6:30 p.m.
Living Quarters uses both the structure of a domestic space and the rhythms of the seasons to seek, but not reliably find, order and consolation in life's seeming disorder. Relationships dissolve; deaths come too soon; the past vanishes; the earth that gives beautiful and nourishing foods swallows up the creatures for whom it provides. These poems struggle with that mix of affirmation and destruction, celebrating nature's generosity while trying to make peace with its cruelty.
Deborah Sweaney will be presenting a talk on her second book, Up in the Air, on Saturday, March 28, from 1-2:30 p.m. in the upstairs rooms of Whistlestop Bookshop.
In her second memoir about growing up in rural Oregon, Missouri, Deborah Sweaney highlights a tale of two communities. Rooted in farming, situated just down the road from one another, both towns cling to their long-standing cultural differences as they face-off in opposition to a school merger. It was unthinkable that some far-away government agency could mandate their schools and their identity -but mandate they did.
These little towns were being robbed of something precious that they had built and nurtured for decades. The schools were the center of life for many self-contained communities and the natural rivalries that had flourished were happily played out with enthusiasm on football fields and basketball courts all over our country. And everyone, it seemed, was just fine with that.
While larger issues like racial equality, a war southeast Asia and the horror of assassinations were just on the national horizon, school students like those in Oregon, Missouri were feeling their own unrest and sense of insecurity over the uncertainty that was clouding their once self-contained world.
Up in the Air is at once a look at the enormous social maelstrom that defines the 1960's and the up-close impact those cultural changes were having on the everyday lives of the ordinary citizens and school kids in two country towns in Holt County, Missouri. For these folks and millions like them, the outcome was and perhaps still is, Up in the Air.
Some of the proceeds from "Up in the Air" will go toward education programs and scholarships administered by the Iris and Frank Sweaney Fund and National History Da
Come join us at Whistlestop Bookshop on Wednesday, February 18th at 5:00pm to hear some of the esteemed faculty of Dickinson College read their work! Professor Meghan Reedy and Professor Christopher Francese of the Classics Department and Professor Thomas Reed will all be participating and we would love to see you there!
Chris Francese lives in Carlisle and teaches in the Classical Studies department at Dickinson College. He specializes in Roman literature and culture, and Greek mythography. He is the author of three books, and project director of Dickinson College Commentaries, a series of online multimedia editions of classical texts. He also produces the Latin Poetry Podcast.
Since arriving at Dickinson, Meghan Reedy has expanded her teaching interests to include Roman history alongside Greek and Latin language. Her current research is on emotional display in Roman poetry, particularly in the moody love poems of Propertius.
Thomas Reed’s field is medieval literature, with special emphasis on Chaucer and Marie de France. Other research interests include the Victorian novel and film adaptations of classic English and American texts. He is the author of two books -- "Middle English Debate Poetry and the Aesthetics of Irresolution" and "The Transforming Draught: 'Jekyll and Hyde,' Robert Louis Stevenson, and the Victorian Alcohol Debate" - and he is currently revising an historical novel about Stevenson.
Book talk and signing! Wednesday, Dec. 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Joshua Warren will share some background on writing a early American history while serving full-time in the Army. His Connecticut Unscathed is about the conflict that historians have called King Philip's War, which still ranks as one of the bloodiest per capita in American history. But because Connecticut lacked a chronicler, its experience has gone largely untold. Perfect gift for anyone interested in colonial history, Indian-settler wars, New England genealogy, and a ripping good story!
Whistlestop Bookshop is a long-time vendor at the Seminar, a packed two days of presentations on the 18th Century frontier with the French & Indian War as the natural and particular focus (this world war began in Jumonville Glen very nearby). The seminar is hosted in a gorgeous location on top of the high ridge which overlooks Uniontown PA.
Doug Cubbison is one this year's featured authors.
2014 BASIC SCHEDULE FOR BUS TOUR AND SEMINAR
Friday will kick off with a bus tour of the Braddock Road to Braddock, PA. Friday evening will feature a lecture by Braddock scholar Dr. David Preston, with sessions continuing all day Saturday on the historic Jumonville campus. Refreshments will be served both days, with an optional lunch available with registration.
2014 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
Friday - Oct. 31, 2014
8 am - 4 pm - Bus Tour to Braddock, PA.
4:30 - 6:30 - Dinner on your own
7:00 pm - Welcome
7:15 pm - Evening reception at Jumonville and David Preston will give a talk on "An Ohio Iroquois Account of the Jumonville Affair and Fort Necessity"
8:30 pm - Refreshment break
Saturday - Nov. 1, 2014
8:00 am - Registration - Coffee and Donuts
9:00 am - Dr. Timothy Shannon of Gettysburg College - "Indian Captive in a Redcoat: The Military Career of Peter Williamson."
10:30 am - "Kill'd or Taken:" A Lost Patrol of 1756 (very interesting talk on military captives near Fort Ticonderoga in 1756)by Dr. Len Travers of University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth
12:30 pm - Family Style Lunch (optional)
1:45 pm - "The Floggings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Military Justice in the British Army in North America, 1755-1783" by Colonel William R. Hagan (USA, Retired)
3:15 pm - "To Care for their Widows, and Orphans: The Soldier's Orphan School Movement and Jumonville, 1864-1908" by Dr. Walter Powell. Special Exhibit to be announced.
Dr. Timothy Shannon is the Chairman of the History Department at Gettysburg College, where he teaches Early American, Native American, and British History. He is the author of several books, and is currently working on a biography of 18th Century Indian captive Peter Williamson.
Dr. Len Travers is Chairman of the History Department at UMass-Dartmouth where he teaches Colonial and Revolutionary History and New England.
Dr. David Preston is Westvaco Professor of National Security Studies at The Citadel and author of the forthcoming book "Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela, July 9, 1755" by Oxford University Press.
Colonel William (Bill) R. Hagan retired from the United States Army after 42 years of distinguished service as a judge advocate in the U.S. and abroad. He is past president of the Judge Advocates Association--the national bar organization for uniformed and civilian practitioners of military and veterans law.
Dr. Walter Powell is the Executive Director of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, Massachusetts and President of the BRPA.
As always, book and artists will be attending with one-of-a-kind items for sale. Participants for the bus tour must pre-register.
SEMINAR AND BUS TOUR COSTS
Friday bus tour & seminar - $100/person
Friday bus tour only - $60/person
History seminar only - $60/person ($20/student)
Saturday lunch - $7.50/person
Save the Date Signing: Eleanor Alspaugh, author of The Mommy-Go-Round (published earlier this year), will be at Whistlestop Bookshop on Saturday, October 25th, 2 p.m. Eleanor has written a thoroughly honest, at-times hilarious, and always entertaining account of coming to be a mother of three. You will learn about the Parental Curse, The Pet War, and the Trials & Tribulations of the Family Vacation. We have the book in stock now, and we are looking forward to a talk and a reading in a few weeks!
Twig George, daughter of Jean Craighead George and author in her own right, will be at the Craighead House tomorrow (Saturday, 10/11) from 1:30-2:30, talking about and signing her books, and Whistlestop Bookshop will be there in support. We'll also have some of Jean's books there. Join us to support the restoration and transformation of the Craighead House!
From Twig's website: "Twig grew up in a family of naturalists. Her mom, Jean Craighead George, wrote over 100 books about nature and animals for children. When Twig was growing up, her family raised 173 animals in their house, not in a barn, not in cages (mostly). She would wake up in the morning and a crow might be knocking on the window, and often at night there would be a raccoon in her bed! She began writing children's stories when her kids were in elementary school. Twig is currently a lower school librarian at The Park School in Baltimore, MD."
Come join us for a reading and signing in Platform 9 3/4 (upstairs rooms) at Whistlestop Bookshop: Susan Stinson and her novel of Jonathan Edwards and colonial America, "Spider in a Tree." Tuesday, March 18th, 5 p.m.