In our Gallery: East End Landscapes by Kathryn Szoka

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

20/20 Celebration! 
Maryann & Kathryn celebrate 20 years at Canio’s.
Canio’s Books celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2020.

Special events throughout the year! Read about it here.

Canio’s Commemorative Calendar for 2020!  It’s here!  Features photographs by Kathryn Szoka taken at events over the past 20 years. Makes a great gift for Canio’s fans far and wide! Reserve your copy now! $22. each.

For more on our educational non-profit, see here: 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.

JANUARY 2020

Start the New Year right with our first ever Canio’s Calendar. $22. while they last!

Sat. Jan. 11 at S.A.C. All day Drawdown Festival featuring films, forums and fun. Stop by our table for a copy of Paul Hawkins Drawdown. Southampton Arts Center, Jobs Lane, Southampton.

Tues. Jan. 14 Winter Insight Writing workshop begins. Registration required.

FEBRUARY

Sat. Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. African American Literature Read-In. Join the celebration and read a short excerpt by your favorite Black author. Co-sponsored with Jermain Library. Please call Canio’s to register.

Sun. Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. 21st Century Spirituality: discussion of Richard Rohr’s The Universal Christ with Prof. Thomas Petriano and Rev. Eda Lorello.

MARCH

Mar. 25 & April 1: Nature Writing workshop with Scott Chaskey, author of Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics, and Promise of Seeds, and On This Common Ground, long-time head-farmer at Quail Hill Farm. Registration and fee required. About the workshop: “Heaven and earth are trapped in visible form:/ all things emerge/ from within the writing brush…” So says Lu Chi in the “Wen Fu,” (The Art of Writing). In this Springtime class we will use the writing brush to invoke a tremble of a leaf, the heart’s deep waters, an abundance of sprouting buds, or the wind that lifts each metaphor into a new season.

Sat. Mar. 28 at 5 p.m. Author, poet, farmer Scott Chaskey reads from his work surveying thirty years in community supported organic farming and more.

APRIL

Sat. April 4 at 5 p.m. Poet/activist Kathy Engel reads from her new poetry collection The Lost Brother Alphabet.

MAY

 Celebration of the life & works of  Toni Morrison  Focus on The Bluest Eye on 50th Anniversary of publication. Community readings, panel discussion, film screening and more. Details to come.

Fri. May 1 at Jermain Library: Film screening of Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am , documentary about the writer. Brief discussion follows. Registration required: 631-725-0049. Time TBA

Sat. May 9 at Canio’s: Toni Morrison panel discussion with special guests focusing on Morrison’s literary genius.

Sun. May 17 at 3 p.m. at UU Meetinghouse: Community read & discussion: The Bluest Eye with guest readers and round-table conversation.

Sat. May 23 from 4 to 6 pm. at Eastville Historical Society Toni Morrison celebration. Music, open mic, light refreshments , art exhibit.

JUNE

Friday, June 12:  Walt Whitman & Mark Doty at Canio’s!  Writing Workshop Friday, June 12, and reading Saturday, June 13. Details to come. Workshop space is limited, so please register early! Doty’s new work, What is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life forms the basis and inspiration for these events.

Prose Writing & Poetry Workshops: 

Winter Insight Workshop at Canio’s in January/February: 4 weeks, small group, prose-writing workshop. Registration fee: $120.

Ashawagh Hall Writers Workshop  Working on a book project? Need some good reader commentary? Consider Ashawagh workshop. Applications welcome for Spring session. . Contact Maryann for details. February to May, ten sessions; $250.

March: Nature Writing: Mar. 25 & April 1: Nature Writing workshop with Scott Chaskey, author of Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics, and Promise of Seeds, and On This Common Ground, long-time head-farmer at Quail Hill Farm.  “Heaven and earth are trapped in visible form:/ all things emerge/ from within the writing brush…” So says Lu Chi in the “Wen Fu,” (The Art of Writing). In this Springtime class we will use the writing brush to invoke a tremble of a leaf, the heart’s deep waters, an abundance of sprouting buds, or the wind that lifts each metaphor into a new season.  Registration and fee required.

JUNE:  Walt Whitman & Mark Doty at Canio’s!  Writing Workshop Friday, June 12, and reading Saturday, June 13. Details to follow. Workshop space is limited, so please register early! Doty’s new work, What is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life forms the basis and inspiration for these events.

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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.   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.

A BIG thanks to all who participated in Canio’s 2019 MOBY-DICK MARATHON! It was a HUGE success: 5 locations, 160+ readers, 27.5 hours.  Check out some short clips HERE. More 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.  info@caniosbooks.com

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.***

10 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.


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