In our Gallery: East End Landscapes by Kathryn Szoka

We’re open 10 to 6 p.m.; Sun. & Weds. 12 to 5 p.m.; Mon. 10 to 5 p.m.

Find out about our educational non-profit, CANIO’S CULTURAL CAFE.

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.

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Never read Moby-Dick, or tried but couldn’t crack it? We want you! Join our best ever marathon event and hear Melville’s great novel read out loud. A variety of voices,  very special guests and beloved community members,  will bring the cast of characters to life. Guaranteed to move even the most reluctant listener.  Don’t miss it! June 7 through 9.  Take a look at our 2019 MOBY-DICK MARATHON EVENTS SCHEDULE


Sat. Mar. 30 at 5 pm. Novelist Tom Phelan reads from his new memoir: We Were Rich and We Didn’t Know It: a Memoir of my Irish Boyhood about growing up in rural Ireland in the 1940s and ’50s.


Sat. April 27 at 5 p.m. Novelist Frederic Tuten presents his new memoir My Young Life.


Sat May 4 at 5 p.m.  Mary K. Edwards, internationally acclaimed Melville scholar & sailor speaks about her sailing adventures aboard the Charles W. Morgan, an 1841 whaleship and what she learned about Herman Melville along the way.  This kicks off our 2019 Moby-Dick Marathon events schedule and is part of the Sag Harbor Cultural Heritage Festival weekend. More Marathon info HERE.

Fri. May 10 at 6 p.m. The Way of Haiku poetry presentation with Bart Mallio. Introduction to the form, a peek at Basho, Buson,and Issa, then time to write your own haiku. Registration requested. $5. fee.

Sat. May 18 at 5 p.m. Biographer Colin Asher presents Never a Lovely So Real: the Life and Work of Nelson Algren.

Memorial Day weekend: Pete Seeger Singalong celebrating 100th birthday of America’s best-loved folk musician

Thurs. May 30, 6:30pm at John Jermain Memorial Library: Film screening of the classic 1957 Moby-Dick starring Gregory Peck. Warm up event for the upcoming special edition Moby-Dick Marathon reading June 7 – 9.


Canio’s Cultural Cafe’s
MOBY-DICK MARATHON (subject to change)
Friday, June 7
12:30 – 2:45pm Canio’s Books
3:00 – 7:00pm Old Whalers’ Church
7:15 – 10:00pm Canio’s Books
Saturday, June 8
10 – 1:45 pm Sag Harbor Whaling Museum
2:00 – 5:15pm John Jermain Memorial Library
5:30 – 11:00 pm Canio’s Books
Sunday, June 9
10:30 – 12:45pm Eastville Community & Historical Society
1:00 – 5:00 pm Canio’s Books with after celebration!

To read, please email with MDM as the subject and a day/3-hr time frame you are avialable. Thanks!

Sat. June 15 at 5 p.m. Poets Maria Terrone  and Marisa Frasca read from their new works published by Bordighera Press: an essay collection At Home in the New World by Terrone, and Wild Fennel: Poems and Other Stories by Frasca.

Sat. June 22 at 5 p.m. Author Mary Norris reads from her new book Greek To Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen. Mary Norris, former copy editor at The New Yorker is author of Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen.

Upcoming Events:

Book discussion on Why Does Patriarchy Persist? by Carol Gilligan & Naomi Snider

Sat. Sept. 7 at 5 p.m.: Feminist writer, activist Carol Gilligan and Naomi Snider discuss their new book Why Does Patriarchy Persist? Suggested donation: $10. to Canio’s Cultural Cafe.

Books into Film: Canio’s Cultural Cafe presents a screening of Garden of the Finzi-Contini, based on the novel by Giorgio Bassani, introduced by Canio Pavone.

Canio Pavone looks at W.S. Merwin’s new translation of Dante’s Purgatorio in March.

Ashawagh Hall Writers Workshop: spring session now in progress. Fiction writers invited to apply for fall session. This ten-week workshop is for writers working on book-length projects. Please contact Maryann for further information.

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It’s Herman Melville’s 200th Anniversary and we are planning our most ambitious Marathon to celebrate!  

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! One could say we started the craze. And, it’s only fitting, as Sag Harbor & our whalers are included in this great American novel.

This year, acclaimed actor Harris Yulin will bring Father Mapple’s sermon to life at the Old Whalers’ Church, along with a local choir to help us sing the hymn, starting Friday @ 3pm. Right afterwards, Alec Baldwin will read!  Later on Friday night an acting troupe will perform the play in Chapter 40, Midnight Forecastle at Canio’s.

The Marathon reading begins Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9, and starts and finishes at Canio’s Books. We’ll read around the village, including at Eastville, Old Whalers’ Church, John Jermain Library, Whaling Museum and more!

A look back at Canio’s Cultural Cafe‘s MOBY-DICK MARATHON, 2017

Read about our 2016  Walt Whitman Marathon

Bookshop hours: open daily, 10-6 pm; Sun. and Wed. 12 to 5 p.m.

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.

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 children´s books, nature titles, food books, spirituality, literary biography and memoir, and environmental interest. An entire wall is devoted to poetry.

Enjoy meeting a wide range of authors, and local artists at weekend readings and exhibitions. Kathryn and Maryann also run 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.***


8 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.

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