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

We’re open daily 10 to 6 p.m.; Sun. & Weds. 12 to 5 p.m.; Mon. 10 to 5 p.m.

Special hours: Tues. Feb. 19 open 12 to 5; Wed. Feb. 20 open 12 to 4; Thurs. Feb. 21 open 12 to 4; Fri. Feb. 22 open 12 to 5 p.m.

Find out about CANIO’S CULTURAL CAFE, our educational non-profit.

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


Herstory Writers Workshops at Canio’s: Writing for Justice workshops for East End activists/advocates. Feb. 7, 12, and 26. Contact Maryann for details.

Sun. Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. at Unitarian Meetinghouse: Book discussion of The Faraway Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life  sponsored by Racial Justice East End. Discounted copies available for purchase at Canio’s.

Sat. Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. (four o’clock) Historian Chandler Saint speaks about the life, work and writings of Venture Smith, a 17th- century African,

Sun. Feb. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Jermain Library Annual African American Literature Read-In. Sign up to read a short selection of some great work by an African American author. Contact the library to register: 631-725-0049.



Fri & Sat. March 22 and 23: Canio’s Books at Long Island Nature Organization annual conference. Fascinating presentations by natural scientists on Long Island flora, fauna, climate change and more. Stop by our table for a great selection of nature guides, books on the environment, sustainability and more, at Brookhaven Nat’l Lab. Registration &  info. here at: http://longislandnature.org/


Sat. April 27 at 5 p.m. Novelist Frederic Tuten presents his new memoir My Young Life.


Sag Harbor Cultural Festival May 4:  Mary K. Edwards, Melville scholar & sailor speaks about her sailing adventures aboard the Charles W. Morgan, an 1841 whaleship and what she learned about Herman Melville along the way. Time, TBA


Thrs. June 6 through Sun. June 9 Special Edition: Moby Dick Marathon weekend of readings and events celebrating Melville’s Bicentennial.

Sat. June 15 at 5 p.m. Poet and essayist Maria Terrone reads from her essay collection At Home in the New World published by Bordighera Press.

Upcoming Events:

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.

Mary Norris returns to Canio’s to read from her new book, Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen. Date TBA

Call for writers: a few places are open for fiction writers in the Spring session of Ashawagh Hall Writers Workshop. This ten-week workshop is for writers working on book-length projects. Please contact Maryann for further information.

  Canio Pavone looks at W.S. Merwin’s new translation of Dante’s Purgatorio in March.

Don’t miss these the Bicentennial Edition of our

We are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville with a dynamic program of events for our 2019 Moby-Dick Marathon. The classic film will be screened at JJML on Thursday, May 30. A special talk and reception by a Melville aficionado will start the Marathon weekend, Thursday, June 6. A well known actor will perform Father Mapple’s sermon at Old Whaler’s Church. A small troupe of actors will perform Chap. 40 Midnight, Forecastle.
The Marathon begins Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9, and starts and finishes at Canio’s Books. We’ll read around the Village, including at Eastville, Old Whalers’ Church, John Jermain Library and more!
Sign up to read by sending an EMAIL  with MDM subject; include the day and 3-hour time period you’re available.  Details soon!

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.  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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