In our Gallery: East End Landscapes by Kathryn Szoka

We’re open 10 to 6 p.m.; Sun. & Weds. 11 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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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, MUCH more. Check out some short clips HERE.

More on the Marathon


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.

Thrs. June 27 at 6 p.m. Dramatic reading of fiction by novelist Shelby Raebeck, author of Sparrow Beach, with actor Gerard Doyle.


Thurs. July 11 at 6 p.m. Sailors John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski present Speck in the Sea: a Story of Survival and Rescue about a miraculous sea rescue, soon to be a film.

Sat. July 13 at 5 p.m. Allen Salkin  presents The Method to the Madness: Donald Trump’s Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired — and Inaugurated.

Mon. July 15 at 6 p.m. * at the Hampton Library, Main St., Bridgehampton * Documentary Film screening, Harvest of Empire, based on Juan Gonzales book. A discussion follows. Sponsored by Racial Justice East End. Canio’s Cultural Cafe is a founding member.

Thurs. July 18 at 6 p.m. Poet Grace Schulman presents Mourning Songs: Poems of Sorrow and Beauty, just published by New Directions, with readings by various poets


Thurs. August 1 at 6 p.m. Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead reads from The Nickel Boys about two young black men enduring the horrors of a Jim Crow-era reform school in 1960s Florida.

Sat. Aug 3 at 5 p.m.Celebrate Herman Melville’s 200th birthday! Talk by Richard Rabinowitz: “Don’t Let Your Sons Read Moby-Dick!” Reception follows.

Thurs. August 15 at 6 p.m. Nation Editorial Director and Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel and Russia expert Stephen Cohen in conversation about “War with Russia?  Dangers of the New Cold War and Consequences for US politics.” Q & A with speakers and book signing follows. Copies of Stephen Cohen‘s new work: War with Russia: From Putin and Ukraine to Trump and Russiagate will be available for purchase.

Sat. Aug. 24 at 10:30 a.m. Kids’ event with Kate & Jim McMullan reading As Warm as the Sun about two French bulldogs, Toby & Pinkie.

Upcoming Events:

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: How’s your book coming along? If you’re deep into a book project and want some helpful critique to move it along, consider applying. Openings are available for the fall session which starts after Labor Day for ten weeks. Contact Maryann for further information and an 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.

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 sing the hymn, starting Friday at 3 pm. Alec Baldwin will also read!  And an acting troupe will perform the play in Chapter 40, Midnight Forecastle at Canio’s.

The Marathon starts Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9, and begins and ends at Canio’s Books. We’ll read around the village, including at Eastville, the 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.***


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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