In our Gallery: East End Landscapes by Kathryn Szoka

We’re generally open 10 to 6 p.m.; Wed. & Sun. 12 to 5 p.m., Mon. 10 to 5:30 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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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.  The Choral Society sang the hymn at the Old Whalers’ Church.  Harris Yulen was riveting in delivering the Sermon. Alec Baldwin read sections full of humor, displaying Melville’s deep understanding of humanity.  Bill Burford lead a troupe of  actors in The Quarter-Deck and The Sailors’ Play.  And much more. Check out some short clips HERE.

More on the Marathon


Ashawagh Hall Writers Workshop fall session in progress. Led by bookshop co-owner Maryann Calendrille, this community workshop is for those working on publishable book-length projects. For information about applying for the spring session, please contact the bookshop.

HarborFest Weekend:   Sat. Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. Acclaimed novelist Louis Begley reads from his latest thriller, set partly in Sag Harbor, Killer’s Choice featuring Jack Dana in the crescendo conclusion to this trilogy.

Sat. Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. Chef/author George Giannaris of  Hellenic Snack Bar on the North Fork gives a cooking demonstration and book signing. George will show us how to feed 50 people in 50 minutes!  He’ll also discuss his hilarious memoirs, Ferry Tales and Ferry Tales 2: When Hellenic Freezes Over.   Check out George’s YouTube channel: AwarehouseChef

Sat., Sept. 21, 4-5 p.m. Book signing: Meet acclaimed media critic J. Hoberman signing copies of Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan, his exploration of the Reagan years as seen through unforgettable movies of the era.

Thurs. Sept. 26  at 7 p.m. Canio’s  partners with Peconic Land Trust at QUOGUE WILDLIFE REFUGE screening of Green Fire and celebration of Aldo Leopold author of Sand County Almanac. Copies available for purchase.


Sat. Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. Marine biologist Carl Safina author of Beyond Words; View From Lazy Point; Song for the Blue Ocean; and more in conversation with environmentalist/fisherman Paul Greenberg  about Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for Long Life and a Healthier Planet

Special events celebrating 20 years of ownership with Maryann & Kathryn including photo exhibit, readings and commemorative calendar to come.


Sat. Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. Editor, teacher and author Suzanne McConnell presents Pity the Reader: on Writing with Style based on writing advice from Kurt Vonnegut, her teacher at Iowa Writers Workshop

Fri. Nov. 29 at 5 p.m.  Spy novelist Alan Furst reads from his latest, Under Occupation

Sat. Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. Landscape designer Frederico Azevedo of Unlimited Earth Care  presents his gorgeous new book, BLOOM: The luminous landscapes of Frederico Azevedo.

Later this season:

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:  For writers working on a book project for publication, consider applying to the Ashawagh Hall Writers Workshop. A few openings for the SPRING session. Contact Maryann for information and  application. Fee required.

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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! Seems natural since Sag Harbor is mentioned in this great American novel.

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.***


9 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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