Only at Whistlestop!
Even in this world common denominators, some things are unique. Only here will you find our gift certificates, our very own t-shirt design (more to come), and our imprinted totes. If I have exclusive stock, I will list it here as well.
Whistlestop Bookshop's gift certificate may be sold in any denomination. If your desired amount does not appear in the drop-down box, please give us a call for a custom amount. It never expires. It may be used partially. It may be used for special orders as well as all merchandise. We can mail it to whomever you wish.
Our very own t-shirt designed by Jeff Wood. The image is a Buddhist monk poring over a scroll with writing instruments at hand. The text is from Yoshida Kenko, a late 13th-early 14th Century Japanese essayist and monk, whose Tsurezuregusa is one of my favorite books. The quote reads: "To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations -- such is a pleasure beyond compare." With the allowance that the unseen generations would also include women, I love this ideal of the reading experience.