Keep healthy & stay well read!

We’re open 7 days: Monday through Friday: 10:30 til 5:30; Saturday til 6 p.m.  SUNDAY, noon to five.  Browsers welcome, 3 at a time. Masks are a must!

Don’t skip a page! Find out what’s happening at Canio’s: Sign up for our e-newsletter: Email us at caniosbooks@verizon.net

STAY TUNED FOR INFO ON OUR 2021 MOBY-DICK MARATHON! Call the shop to join the planning committee.

Curbside pick-up & village delivery still available.  Call or email: 631.725.4926 – caniosbooks@verizon.net

Check out Canio’s NEW YouTube channel HERE.

Canio’s 4Oth ANNIVERSARY began October 2020! See link below for our first zoom celebration.  MORE to come… 

Contributions to our educational non-profit, CANIO’S CULTURAL CAFE, will help us weather this storm. Thanks for considering a donation today.

Join Canio’s CSB: Community Supported Books. Plant some customer loyalty! Open an account with $100 and share in sustaining food for thought.   Just stop in the shop or call to get started! 631-725-4926.

JANUARY 2021 Zoom events

Thurs., Jan 14 & 28, 6:30 p.m.   Racial Justice East End (RJEE) book discussion of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Professor Carol Anderson in two sessions. The book details white backlash in the United States; and examines how structural racism was built by white anger and resentment.  Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Her research focuses on public policy with regards to race, justice, and equality.  Zoom registration required at this LINK.

Sat. Jan. 30 at 5:30 pm: 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, Patchogue. Julian  endured three plagues during a tumultuous 14th century England. What lessons does she have for us today? Zoom registration required at this LINK.

 FEBRUARY 

Wed. Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. Canio’s Books is pleased to partner with independent publisher Four Ways Books celebrating new poetry collections by featured poets Rodney Terich Leonard author of Sweetgum & Lightning; Andrea Cohen author of Everything; and Angela Narciso Torres author of What Happens is Neither.

Thurs. Feb 18 at 6:30 p.m. “Use Your Voice,” Annual African-American Read In. Sign up to read a short, favorite excerpt; including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, oral history, or family story.  Artist Michael Butler will read James Baldwin’s iconic Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation to begin.  All are welcome to attend. Listeners encouraged! 

Canio’s Cultural Cafe, Eastville Community Historical Society and John Jermain Memorial Library co-host the annual African-American Read-In, sponsored by the Black Caucus of The National Council of Teachers of English. This is the 31st year for this NCTE event, and the library’s 13th year of collaborative participation. Register at this LINK.  Please indicate the title and author, or if you plan to attend as a listener. Registrants will be sent an email the day before with the Zoom link.

Upcoming Events:

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

March: “Lessons from the Pandemic: Pope Francis on Covid, Crisis, and Change.”, a presentation on Let Us Dream by Thomas Petriano, PhD Religious Studies, St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue

PRIOR EVENTS on our YouTube CHANNEL:

Canio’s Books 40th Anniversary Celebration!  Our home-grown party features a special video congrats from Colson Whitehead, plus special guests, founding owner Canio Pavone; former NYer Comma Queen Mary Norris; ecologist/writer Carl Safina; poet/farmer Scott Chaskey & poet/musician Megan Chaskey; poet/professor Julie Sheehan and more.  Enjoy featured readings, decades worth of remembrancesWatch at 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

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” . Come meet author and restaurateur Craig Carlson a.k.a. Le Pancake Kid and his husband Julien  all the way from Paris (via Zoom) 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, bit by bit, scene by scene in this five-week session. Short readings and supportive creative critique. All writing levels welcome, but some workshop experience required. Contact Maryann for details. Begins mid February. 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: http://www.herstorywriters.org/online-workshops-for-our-time

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.

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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 2021 MOBY-DICK MARATHON!

Our 2019 MOBY-DICK MARATHON was a HUGE success: 5 locations, 160+ readers, 27.5 hours.  Check out some short clips 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.

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MAC sweeping outside shop

In Spring, a Small-Town South Fork

excerpts from an article by  SUZANNE MCNEILL

In spring, you can explore East Hampton, Amagansett, and Sag Harbor while they are still their small-town selves. The sheer number of galleries — along with their impassioned owners and a steady stream of local visitors — suggests that art is still an integral part of life in the area where Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, among others, once lived and worked.

On Main Street, Canio’s Books is nearly as active in the off season as in summer. The store, with its creaky wooden floors (the building dates to the late 18th century), is a magnet for Sag Harbor’s literary and artistic community; besides the used and new books crammed onto the shelves, the store regularly displays paintings and photographs by local artists.

MAC inside shopphotos by Gordon M. Grant for NY Times

Welcome to Canio’s!
A Literary Harbor for the Arts, since 1980

290 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.  (631) 725-4926.  caniosbooks@verizon.net

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.

    Best,

    Steven

  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!
      M&K

  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 caniosbooks@verizon.net


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Canio’s Books is located at 290 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963, 631.725.4926. Call or email us, caniosbooks@verizon.net. 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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