On view in our Gallery:
East End Landscapes by  Kathryn Szoka

Find out about Canio’s Cultural Cafe
Bookshop hours: open daily, 10-6; Sun, noon-5, closed Weds. in March

Join Canio’s CSB: Community Supported Books program. Plant some customer loyalty! Open an account with $100 and share in sustaining food for thought.

Upcoming workshops:
Photography with Kathryn & private lessons ongoing.
Writing workshops with Maryann.



Sat., Mar. 4, 5 p.m. Racial Justice East End’s next book discussion is Rev. William Barber’s The Third Reconstruction.  Rev. Barber is a pastor and president of the North Carolina Conference of the NAACP. This is the first of three sessions. The UUCSF & Canio’s Cultural Cafe is a founding member of RJEE.
Wed. Mar. 8 International Women’s Day! Wear red & support women-owned businesses!
Noon til 2 p.m. Bring lunch and stop by Canio’s to share your hopes & dreams for women.
Thurs. Mar. 16 Writing Resistance: acts of conscience,a workshop for those moved by current events to commit thoughts and feelings to the page. Led by Maryann. Three sessions. Fee: $75. Advance registration required. Call the shop for further details.
Sat. Mar. 18 at 5 p.m. Women’s Voices of Resistance: a community reading of women’s resistance. Novelist Ursula Hegi, Gloria Primm Brown, poet Kathy Engel and others.
Mon., Mar. 20, 5:30 p.m. Canio’s Cultural Cafe’s Irish History Film series, part 2:  Jimmy’s Hall at the Hampton Library, Bridgehampton: Ken Loach’s 2014 film about Jimmy Gralton, leader of Irish Revolutionary Workers Group. Film screening followed by discussion with Richard Lawless and Sigrid Meinel.  Refreshments will be served.
Sat., April 1, 5 p.m. Poetry for our Times with Maggie Bloomfield and Susan Dingle, plus Open Mike.
Sun. April 9 at 3 p.m.  Book discussion: Third Reconstruction by Rev. William Barber sponsored by Racial Justice East End. Location TBA
Sat., Apr. 22, 5 p.m. Science writer Dava Sobel reads from The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars.
Writer’s Retreat at the Art Barge. Fri. May 12. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spend the day in one of the East End’s most unique environments. Small group workshop on nature writing meets on the Napeague stretch at the historic home of Victor & Mabel D’Amico founders of the Art Barge. http://theartbarge.org/house/. Bring lunch. Carpools recommended. Register early for this special event. Space is limited.  Fee: $70. Early bird special: $60 before April 10.
Sat., May 20,  5 p.m. Melville aficionado Lisa Dickman will present Herman Melville. Melville: the Modern Master, a friendly introduction to the great American writer, to warm us up for the Moby-Dick Marathon, 2017!
MOBY-DICK MARATHON,  June 9-11, 2017
Are you ready to read?! Please email which day you will be available. Thanks!
Would you like to help plan this year’s Moby-Dick Marathon?! It’s great fun to work together on this beloved event. All skills are welcome, including scribes, cooks facile with try-pots, & harpooners. Please call or email for details. Many hands on deck lighten the load.  Thank ye.
Canio’s Cultural Cafe Summer Workshops:
Julian in JULY!
Join a three-session seminar on Julian of Norwich with David Townsend. Explore the life & times of this 14th English mystic.
Dr. Townsend is Professor of Medieval Studies and English at University of Toronto. Registration fee includes a copy of Revelations of Divine Love.

Bookshop hours: open daily, 10-6; Sun, noon-5, closed Weds. in March

& more to come!

Read about May, 2016’s Walt Whitman Marathon

MOBY DICK Marathon
BIG thanks to all  for a very successful Marathon! Stay tuned for MDM 2017!

Contact the shop for more information on photography and writing workshops: nature writing; memoir; spirituality; personal essay.We also offer editorial services and expert artwork framing.

nytlogo314x53March 26, 2009

MAC sweeping outside shop

In Spring, a Small-Town South Fork

excerpts from an article by  SUZANNE MACNEILLE

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.***

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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