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Thurs. May 19 at 6 pm. in the Rotunda at John Jermain Library. Special guest speaker Donald V. Coers on John Steinbeck’s World War II novel, The Moon is Down discussing the relevance of this powerful resistance story today. One in Canio’s series, Steinbeck In Search of America. You can listen HERE.

Donald V. Coers is professor of English at Sam Houston State University in Texas. He is author of John Steinbeck as Propagandist: “The Moon Is Down” Goes to War and After The Grapes of Wrath: Essays on John SteinbeckThe Moon is Down tells the story of a military occupation in a small town by an unnamed nation at war with England. A French language translation of the book was published illegally in Nazi-occupied France by a French Resistance publishing house. Numerous other editions were also secretly published across all of occupied Europe, including Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, and Italian versions (as well as a Swedish version); it was the best known work of U.S. literature in the Soviet Union during the war. Written with the purpose of motivating resistance movements in occupied countries, the book has appeared in at least 92 editions across the world.
Weds. May 25, 6pm at the Sag Cinema, screening of Steinbeck’s The Moon Is Down with  Q & A following.
Pre-order your very own signed copy of Iris Smyles’ new story collection today! Canio’s is thrilled to offer our customers signed and/or personalized copies of DROLL TALES, a paperback original, which will be published on June 21 by Turtle Point Press. Order HERE.

Droll Iris

In fourteen witty, surreal, and wildly original interrelated stories, the inimitable Iris Smyles joyfully interrogates the paradoxes of life and language and gives us a new view of our world. With an oddball cast of characters who reappear in various guises, Smyles shows us an enchanted, absurd, off-kilter world with its own workings and ways of expression–one that overlaps our own. Deadline for pre-orders is June 21, please!  We can’t wait to get your signed copy to you! Order HERE.

Friday, June 3 at THE CHURCH, Division Street, Poets Philip Schultz and Jill Bialosky in conversation about Schultz’s new memoir: Comforts of the Abyss: The Art of Persona Writing about his development as a writer and teacher and what led to the founding of The Writers Studio.

Sat. June 4 at noon:   East End’s FIRST Gay Pride Parade Main Street, East Hampton Village. Register your group, vehicle, band, or float at Music and food follow in the Park. Sponsored by Hampton’s Pride.

Sat. June 4 at NEW TIME: 4:30 pm. Sidewalk book signing with first-time novelist Siobhan Phillips author of Benefit published by Bellevue Literary Press, a book about the harsh realities of academia as experienced by a young gifted woman from a small town. “A smart, razor-sharp exploration of the precarious island of academic life and the cold unforgiving waters that surround it.”
—Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation and Weather

Thurs. June 16 at 6pm  Bloomsday:  Ulysses Demystified.  At the Jermain Library ROTUNDA. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of James Joyce’s modern classic with a lively discussion and selected readings. Moderated by Joe Shaw, Exec. Dir. of the Express News Group; with Joan Baum, critic; and actors  Paul McIssac and Kate Mueth, Neo-Politcal Cowgirls; and impresario Peter Walsh.  Even if you haven’t read it, come hear why you should give it a try. Registration Link SOON.

PLUS, watch the film, In Bed with Ulysses by Alan Adelson and Kate Taverna, starring local actor Paul McIsaac, onlline from June 9 – 16.  There’s a suggested $10 donation for the CCC & filmmaker.  You will find the link/password on the PayPal link to be added June 1.

Thurs. June 23 at 6 p.m. NYC Inside, poetry reading with Walt Whitman Birthplace writer-in-residence George Wallace introducing three readers from his new anthology NYC FROM THE INSIDE. Featured poets Cornelius Eady, Michelle Whittaker and Star Black will read their contributions to the book plus other selected work.  Copies of the anthology will be available for purchase and signing.

More events coming soon!


Writing Workshops & Editorial Consult:

Writing workshops: Seasonal prose workshops . Spring session begins late April, in person. Contact Maryann for details. 631.725.4926. Proof of vaccination and masks requested. Thank you!

Editing Services: Working on a prose or poetry manuscript and need another perspective on it? Contact Maryann for details about a personalized manuscript review. Offering over 25-years experience writing, teaching and editing. Supportive, constructive commentary will help you bring your best  expression to the page. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry manuscripts welcome.

Photography workshops:  Kathryn teaches workshops through out the year. Contact Kathryn for more information. 631.725.4926.

Contributions to our educational non-profit, Canio’s Cultural Cafe, help sustain us. Please consider a donation today.

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Celebrate Lawrence Ferlinghetti! Featuring special guests professor of Italian American studies Fred Gardaphe; Walt Whitman Birthplace poet-in-residence George Wallace;  bookseller from famed Good Times Books in Port Jeff. Mary Mart; plus poets Bart Mallio, Heidi Rain and Tom Oleszczuk among others.  Watch in 3 short segments:  PART 1, PART 2, and PART 3 (6m).

John Steinbeck’s 120th Birthday Celebration! Canio’s kicked off our series Steinbeck In Search of America  with a talk by Steinbeck scholar, Susan Shillinglaw on Steinbeck & the Importance of Home. Sag Harbor’s Nada Barry joined Susan and shared her personal memories of John’s days in Sag Harbor.  Shillinglaw is is professor emerita at San Jose State University,  where she led the Center of Steinbeck Studies.  Her books include Carol and John: Portrait of a Marriage and On Reading The Grapes of Wrath. She is working on a book about Travels with Charley.  Watch at this LINK.

Book discussion on Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Life of Radical Amazement with author Julian Zelizer and Rabbi Dan Geffen from Temple Adas Israel.  Julian E. Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of numerous books, and has written for, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.  LINK posted soon.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice, with poets Megan Chaskey and Mark Burrows; and fiction writers Indira Ganesan and Murzban Shroff.  Many writers also maintain a spiritual practice like meditation, prayer or yoga. What are the similarities and differences between the two? How can one practice inform and enrich the other? Join us for readings and commentary. Watch the recording HERE.

Annual African American Read IN: Enjoy our celebration of great American literature through the powerful, creative storytelling talents of African American writers. Featured readers include Noel Hankin and Professor Jennifer Morgan. Professor Morgan teaches History & Chair of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. She is the author of “Reckoning with Slavery: Gender, Kinship and Capitalism in the Early Black Atlantic” and others. She read from her essay in “400 Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019.” Noel Hankin is a founder of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and served as its Vice-Chair. He is author of “After Dark: Birth of the Disco Dance Party,” which he read from. A broad range of work was shared: poetry, fiction, non-fiction. Gloria Brown’s reading from Arthur Ashe’s essay, “The Burden of Race,” was particularly moving. Eastville Community Historical Society, John Jermain Memorial Library, and Canio’s Cultural Cafe co-hosted this annual event, sponsored by the Black Caucus of The National Council of Teachers of English. Watch the recording HERE.

Canio’s Books 40th Anniversary Celebration!  Our home-grown party features video congrats from novelist Colson Whitehead, special guests, founding owner Canio Pavone; former NYer Comma Queen Mary Norris; ecologist/writer Carl Safina; and more.  Enjoy featured readings, decades worth of remembrancesWatch at this LINK

International Fiction Focus:  Writers’ Talk with Indira Ganesan and Murzban Shroff . Indira Ganesan, formerly of Sag Harbor, has published the acclaimed novels The Journey, Inheritance and Sweet as Honey. Murzban Shroff, based in Mumbai, recently published Third Eye Rising, a compelling story collection out from Sputen Duyvil. His previous story collection is Breathless in Bombay.   Watch at this LINK.   Please purchase your books through Canio’s directly, or Click HERE for Canio’s ONLINE

Eye on the Environment: Science writer Erica Cirino presented her new book: Thicker Than Water: The Quest For Solutions to the Plastic Crisis. Erica Cirino is a science writer and artist who explores the intersection of the human and nonhuman worlds. Signed copies available at Canio’s. Watch at this LINK.

ART TALK: Loomings by Christopher Volpe.  Loomings is a series of paintings combining tar, gold leaf, and oil paint, inspired by Moby-Dick. Watch Christopher’s talk at this  LINK.

Film Discussion, The Act of Readingby Mark Blumberg, inspired by Moby-Dick. Watch our moderated discussion with Mark & Cast members at this LINK.  View the Film HERE. This charming, quirky documentary is about reading Moby-Dick through the eyes of high school students, teachers, reading challenged, Melville experts, and more.   

“From flunking English to falling in love with Moby-Dick.”  

Philip Hoare, acclaimed author discusses his lastest work, Albert and the Whale: Albrecht Durer and How Art Imagines Our World.  Previous works include: The Sea Inside; RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR; Leviathan or, The Whale.  Watch it as this LINK

Book talk with translator Ann Goldstein and author Mary Norris, (Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen) discussing Elena Ferrante’s: Lying Life of Adults.  Watch at this LINK

Poetry reading & discussion with Cheryl Boyce-Taylor and Kathy Engel. Both have recently published books that deal with loss through writing and poetry. Cheryl Boyce-Taylor’s Mama Phife Represents, and Kathy Engel’s The Lost Brother Alphabet are featured.  WATCH at this LINK.  

Scott Chaskey and Rameshwar Das discuss Being Ram Das and more.  Watch at this LINK.  

Art Historian and mystery writer Helen Harrison reads from her newest, An Artful Corpse, which centers on the Art Students League and Thomas Hart Benton.  Watch at this LINK.

“Let Us Dream: Pope Francis’ Reflections on a Post Covid World”, with Tom Petriano, PhD Religious Studies, St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue, who guides us through Let Us Dream, Pope Francis’ reflections on the challenges and opportunities of our Covid time, a period he calls a “threshold moment.” Watch at this LINK.  

Independent publisher Four Way Books present poets Angela Narciso Torres author of What Happens is Neither; Andrea Cohen author of Everything;   Rodney Terich Leonard author of Sweetgum & Lightning. Watch at this LINK

Finding Peace During a Pandemic: Lessons from Julian, 14th Century Mystic, a presentation by Professor Thomas Petriano, PhD, Religious Studies Director at St. Joseph’s College. Julian endured three plagues during a tumultuous 14th century England. What lessons does she have for us today? Watch at this LINK.

Poet/novelist  Diane Glancy (Pushing the Bear: a novel of The Trail of Tears) and poet/presbyter Spencer Reece (The Road to Emmaus, and The Clerk’s Tale) explore suffering in today’s world through ISLAND OF THE INNOCENT: A Consideration of the Book of Job by Diane Glancy.  Watch at this LINK.

Civil Rights’ Activists Janet Dewart Bell and Lewis Steel discuss their friendship, Women in the Movement, and where to go from here. Bell is the author of Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement. Steel’s book is The Butler’s Child: White Privilege, Race, and a Lawyer’s Life in Civil RightsWatch at this LINK.

Poetry reading (on Emily Dickinson’s birthday) and discussion with Grace Schulman —  her new collection The Marble Bed just published by Turtle Point Press, and Jill Bialosky — her new work Asylum, a book length lyric is just out from Knopf.  Watch at this LINK.

“Lunch with Le Pancake Kid” . Author/restaurateur Craig Carlson a.k.a. Le Pancake Kid and his husband Julien  Zoom from Paris to chat about Let Them Eat Pancakes, further adventures with Breakfast in America, Carlson’s internationally renowned pancake eatery in the City of Lights. Watch at this LINK.

Prose Writing & Photography Workshops: 

Mini Memoir: Break into the narrative of your life; write the story you’ve always wanted to get down, scene by scene in this five-week session. Short readings and supportive creative critique. All writing levels welcome, but previous workshop experience required. Contact Maryann for details. Ongoing through the year.  Pre-registration and fee required.  Via ZOOM  …

Herstory Community Workshops: We’re happy to partner with Herstory Writers Workshop especially in these challenging times. Herstory offers community writing workshops for those with urgent stories to tell. See here for their online opportunities to write your story to help change hearts and minds:

Fine Art Photographer Kathryn Szoka teaches group and private lessons in all aspects of photography from basic composition, to learning from acclaimed & award-winning photographers, to digital details. Contact the shop for details and upcoming photo sessions.


Join Canio’s CSB: Community Supported Books. Plant some customer loyalty! Open an account with $100 and share in sustaining food for thought.  Be one of the first 15 to renew or open an account, and we’ll send you our full-color Canio’s Commemorative Calendar.  Just stop in the shop or call to get started! 631-725-4926.


For more on our educational non-profit, see here: CANIO’S CULTURAL CAFE.

Did you know that Canio’s was the first institution to sponsor a Moby-Dick Marathon?  Before Mystic Seaport and the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Canio’s in Sag Harbor was hosting Moby-Dick Marathons! Seems natural since Sag Harbor is mentioned in this great American novel. STAY TUNED FOR INFO ON OUR 2023 MOBY-DICK MARATHON!

Our 2021 MOBY-DICK MARATHON was a HUGE success: 6 locations, 160+ readers, 27.5 hours.  Check out clips from past Marathons HEREMore on the Marathon.

Read about our Walt Whitman  & John Steinbeck Marathons

Contact the shop for more information on photography and writing workshops: nature writing; memoir; spirituality; personal essay.We also offer individual editorial consultations, private photo. classes, and expert artwork framing.


Canio’s:  A Literary Harbor for the Arts, since 1980

290 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.  (631) 725-4926.

Co-owners Kathryn Szoka, photographer, and Maryann Calendrille, writer and editor welcome you to Canio´s Books where specially selected literary fiction and non-fiction, art, and photography entice the curious reader.

Shelves are bursting with a fine selection of literary books for nature lovers, foodies, children, spiritual seekers, local history buffs, and more: literary biography and memoir;  fine art & photography books; theatre; international languages; and an entire wall devoted to poetry.

Enjoy meeting a wide range of authors and local artists at weekend readings and exhibitions. Kathryn and Maryann also offer community workshops on photography and writing.

Established in 1980 by Canio Pavone, the bookshop features new, used and collectible books and is well known as a literary gathering place.   Since October 1999, Maryann Calendrille and Kathryn Szoka have continued Canio´s tradition of hosting a wide range of authors, and featuring exceptional local artwork.

Visit the shop to discover why customers call Canio´s “a real bookshop.” Shelves are crammed with books worth reading; our knowledgeable staff is eager to make recommendations. Events on Saturdays at 5 p.m. The art gallery features changing exhibits and receptions in summer. Writing workshops in fiction, essay, memoir, poetry and photography are offered. Expert picture framing services and editorial consultation also available.

***Celebrate Sag Harbor!   “Sag Harbor Is…a Literary Celebration” edited by Maryann Calendrille with Kathryn Szoka´s photographs. Makes a great gift.***

16 Responses to “CALENDAR of EVENTS”

  1. 1 Steven August 1, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    I haven’t had the chance to visit your great bookstore in years–I haven’t been out to Sag harbor in years–but I’m so glad to see that you’re still going strong. You guys are super and I look forward to seeing Canio’s in person again soon (now that I’m back in NYC).

    It’s a heroic feat to keep an indie bookstore going these days and I hope to support you in that soon.



  2. 3 bijou le tord September 17, 2011 at 8:07 am

    the best little bookshop on the East side of the planet : run by two lovely ladies with exquisite taste in books . . . a magnificent eye on the world. . . great friends to the community of Sag Harbor. . . we love you. . . thanks for being you . . . keep Canio’s Bookstore open for ever & ever. . .

    • 4 canios September 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm

      Merci beaucoup, Bijou. We’re doing our best, and tonight will be celebrating 30+ years of Canio’s Community at the home of two wonderful Sag Harbor artists. Wish you could join us! It’s a fundraiser for our new venture, Canio’s Culture Cafe`. Best wishes with your own wonderful artwork!
      a bientot!

  3. 5 maidstonejewelry June 4, 2012 at 2:20 am

    I love your store! From a fellow East Ender and blogger with a special interest in our beaches! and other things beautiful.

  4. 6 Roland Frindik June 24, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Today an article about Canio’s books written by Louis Begley is being published in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a German newspaper. Now as you become famous all over Germany you may expect German visitors who want to make a break from running around Manhattan. Just to let you know that we do make the same effort to support our local bookshop in our town in Germany as well. There is a world beyond the smartphone.

  5. 7 Jenese Bennett November 10, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I’m looking forward to coming by and seeing your location and even hearing some poetry. I love to write and more so love to listen. A friend told me about your establishment, it looks interesting.

  6. 8 Stacy Dermont April 5, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    THANK YOU for carrying and promoting my first cookbook, “The Hamptons Kitchen!” It releases April 7, 2020 and Canio’s will be my first stop for a signing when things open up again!—Stacy Dermont

    • 9 Canio's April 5, 2020 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks, Stacy! The Hamptons Kitchen is terrific, and so necessary in our time of making meals at home. Everyone, you can order your copy by calling or emailing Canio’s now. Stay safe, healthy, centered & well read, dear friends, ~ Kathryn & Maryann, 631.725.4926 or

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Canio’s Books is located at 290 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963, 631.725.4926. Call or email us, While we love you to SEE you, you can also order new titles at our online storefront or some of our second hand inventory HERE. Thanks for visiting!

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