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

Find out about Canio’s Cultural Cafe
Bookshop hours: open daily 10 to 6 p.m.; Sun. & Weds. 11 to 5 p.m.

Join Canio’s CSB: Community Supported Books. Plant some customer loyalty! Open an account with $200 and share in sustaining food for thought.

Upcoming workshops:

Julian of Norwich, “Love Was Her Meaning” July 6

Teen Summer Writing Camp Tuesday mornings July 11
Photography with Kathryn & private lessons ongoing.
Writing workshops with Maryann: Hot Memoir this summer. Dates TBA.


Sat. June 17, 5 p.m. Zen monk and poet John High and poet Martine Bellen read from their work and celebrating John High’s new collection Vanishing Acts just published by Talisman House.

Friday, June 23 at 5 p.m. Author Elisa Lorello speaks about “The Writer’s Habit” and reads from her work.

Sat. June 24, 5 p.m. Novelist Helen Simonson reads from Summer Before The War set in England, 1914.

Tues. June 27, 5:30 p.m. Feminist book group continues with bell hooks’ Feminism is for Everybody.  RSVP!

Thurs., June 29, 6p.m. Community screening and discussion of Ava DuVernay’s film, 13TH at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, Main Street. Co-sponsored by Racial Justice East End, PEER, Canio’s and UUCSF.

Thurs. July 6, 13, & 20: Canio’s Master Workshop series: “Love Was Her Meaning:
 Julian of Norwich” seminar with David Townsend  explores the life & times of this 14th English mystic whose radical insights on the nature of the divine still inspire readers today. Sessions focus on themes of mercy, prayer, and deliverance. David Townsend is Professor of Medieval Studies and English at University of Toronto. Registration fee ($80.) includes a copy of Revelations of Divine Love. Thursday afternoons 4 to 5:30. Register early; space is limited.
Thurs. July 6 thru 27, 3-5pm at The Art Barge , Photography of Place workshop with Kathryn  
Each place has its own unique spirit, slant of light, and combination of natural elements. This workshop explores sites in Napeague and beyond, with a focus on composition and technical aspects of your camera. Participants will learn to consistently create good photographs while exploring beautiful locations.  Critiques included. July 6 thru 27. Register:  631.267.3172 or theartbarge.org
Sat. July 8 at 5 p.m. Author Leigh Gallagher presents her new book, The Air BnB Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry…Made Billions and Created Plenty Controversy.
Teen Summer Writing Camp, Tuesday mornings, July 11, 18, 25.
Three sessions with poet/teacher Meredith Haseman. Small group creative writing workshop. Imagine new stories, poems and essays this summer. Perfect for middle-school writers. Registration required. Fee: $300.
Sat. July 22 at 5 p.m. Poet Cheryl Boyce Taylor, reads from her new collection Arrival,  introduced by poet Kathy Engel.

Tues. Aug. 1 at 5:30 p.m. Celebrate Herman Melville‘s Birthday with special guest scientist/writer Carl Safina author of Song for the Blue Ocean, View From Lazy Point and Beyond Words:What Animals Think & FeelArt Silent Auction closes and winner announced. Short readings, eats & grog. Learn more about the art auction items at: https://caniosculturalcafe.wordpress.com/reader-schedule-moby-dick-marathon/

Sat. Aug. 12, 5 p.m. Pulitzer prize-winning author Colson Whitehead reads from  Underground Railroad.

Tues. Aug 22, 5 p.m. “Good Shoemaker, Poor Fish-Peddler: a Memorial for Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti

upon the 90th Anniversary of their Unjust Executions” with historian/folk musician Stephen Sanfilippo.


Sat. Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day! Bring your favorite teddy and come for tea and a teddy bear story.

Sat. Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. Prof. Marc Fasanella presents the art book he edited about his painter father: Ralph Fasanella:Images of Optimism

Looking forward to

Bookshop hours: open daily, 10-6; Sun. and Wed. 11 to 5,

& more to come!

Read about May, 2016’s Walt Whitman Marathon

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 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.***

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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Canio's Books is located at 290 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. You can drop an email to info@caniosbooks.com, or even check out some of our stock online. Thanks for visiting our blog!

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