Stay healthy & well read!

OPEN 7 days: Mon. – Fri., 10:30 – 5:30; Sat. til 6 p.m.  Sun., 12 – 5. Masks are a must!

Curbside Pick-Up & Village Delivery still available.  Call or email: 631.725.4926 –

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Mark your Calendar! The MOBY-DICK Marathon RETURNS, Sept. 10-12, 2021!

JOIN Canio’s CSB: Community Supported Books. Plant some customer loyalty! Open an account with $100.   Stop in or call to get started, 631-725-4926. 

Contributions to our educational non-profit, Canio’s Cultural Cafe, help sustain us. Please consider a donation today.

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Thurs. April 1, 7 p.m. Book discussion with Scott Chaskey and Rameshwar Das on Being Ram Das and more.  Watch at this LINK.  

Fri., April 16, 7 p.m. Art Historian and mystery writer Helen Harrison reads from her newest, An Artful Corpse, which centers on the Art Students League and Thomas Hart Benton.  Watch HERE.

Sat., April 17, 2-3:30 p.m. Book signing! Outside Canio’s!  Helen Harrison will be out front at Canio’s to sign copies of An Artful Corpses.  Zoom into Helen’s talk on Friday, then buy the book & get it signed on Saturday!  Makes a great gift for mystery buffs and artists. Call to reserve your copy!


Thurs. May 13 at 7 p.m. on Zoom: Join editor and contributors to Radical Humility: Essays on Ordinary Acts, reading excerpts and discussing their works. We’ll hear from Richard Boothman, Ruth Nicole Brown, Kevin Em, editor Rebekah Modrak, Ami Walsh, Jennifer Cole Wright. Question time after the reading. Register at this LINK. You will receive an email with the event link after registering.

Sat. May 15 noon – 4 at SAC.  Southampton Art Center’s Natural Garden Fair:  Bring Butterflies, Birds, and Bees to your Garden. An afternoon to celebrate natural, sustainable landscapes.  Stop by Canio’s table for wonderful nature books for children and adults.  SAC is at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton Village.

Sat. May 29 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sidewalk signing. History book author Tom Clavin signs copies of his newest Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America’s First Frontier,  out front at Canio’s. Stop by to meet and chat with Tom, and purchase a signed copy. Masks requested, please. To reserve a copy in advance, please call the bookshop: 631-725-4926.


Thurs. June 3 at 6 p.m. on ZOOM. Racial Justice East End book discussion, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, by Resmaa Menakem. Please read in advance; copies available at Canio’s. Register at the link and come prepared to discuss. First of two sessions. Please register at this LINK.

Wed. June 16, 6 p.m. The Artist’s View: Contrasting Expressions of Nature, a moderated panel on Zoom with artist’s Scott Bluedorn, Cindy Pease Roe and Anne Sherwood Pundyk. Moderator: Kathryn Szoka. Hosted by the Peconic Land Trust in association with the eARTh exhibition, Artists as Activists, at Southampton Arts Center.  Zoom registration link to be posted soon. 
 Thurs. June 17 at 6 pm on ZOOM  Racial Justice East End book discussion, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies,, by Resmaa Menakem.  Copies available at Canio’s. Register at the link and come prepared to discuss. Second of two sessions.
Please register at this LINK.
Sat. June 19 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Outdoor book signing at Canio’s! Fiction writer Simon Van Booy signs copies of Night Came With Many Stars. Stop by to chat with the author and purchase a signed copy. Simon’s previous works include Everything Beautiful Began After; The Secret Lives of People in Love; The Illusion of Separateness, among others.
Thurs. June 24 at 12:30 pm. Join us lunchtime to welcome Philip Hoare, acclaimed author of Albert and the Whale: Albrecht Durer and How Art Imagines Our World.  Please register at this Zoom LINK

 Upcoming Events:

Thurs. July 15 at 7 p.m. on ZOOM. Essayist, novelist Daphne Merkin author of 22 Minutes of Unconditional Love in conversation with editor Charles “Chip” McGrath of NYTimes.

Celebrating new work from poet Spencer Reece, All the Beauty Still Left: a Poet’s Painted Book of Hours, as well as his memoir: Secret Gospel of Mark: a Poet’s Memoir.  And more to come!

Writing Workshops & Editorial Consult:

Mini Memoir: Break into the narrative of your life; write the story you’ve always wanted to get down, bit by bit, scene by scene in this five-week session. Short readings and supportive creative critique. All writing levels welcome, but some workshop experience required. Contact Maryann for details. Begins mid May. Registration and fee required.

Editing Services: Working on a prose or poetry manuscript and need another perspective on it? Contact Maryann for details about a personalized manuscript review. Offering over 25-years experience writing, teaching and editing. Supportive, constructive commentary will help you bring your best  expression to the page. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry manuscripts welcome.

Herstory Community Workshops: bringing writing workshops to communities with urgent stories to tell. See HERE for online opportunities to write your story to help change hearts, minds and policy.


Canio’s Books 40th Anniversary Celebration!  Our home-grown party features a special video congrats from Colson Whitehead, plus special guests, founding owner Canio Pavone; former NYer Comma Queen Mary Norris; ecologist/writer Carl Safina; and more.  Enjoy featured readings, decades worth of remembrancesWatch at this LINK

Book talk with translator Ann Goldstein and author Mary Norris, (Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen) discussing Elena Ferrante’s: Lying Life of Adults.  Watch at this LINK

Poetry reading & discussion with Cheryl Boyce-Taylor and Kathy Engel. Both have recently published books that deal with loss through writing and poetry. Cheryl Boyce-Taylor’s Mama Phife Represents, and Kathy Engel’s The Lost Brother Alphabet are featured.  WATCH at this LINK.  

Art Historian and mystery writer Helen Harrison reads from her newest, An Artful Corpse, which centers on the Art Students League and Thomas Hart Benton.  Watch at this LINK.

“Let Us Dream: Pope Francis’ Reflections on a Post Covid World”, with Tom Petriano, PhD Religious Studies, St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue, who guides us through Let Us Dream, Pope Francis’ reflections on the challenges and opportunities of our Covid time, a period he calls a “threshold moment.” Watch at this LINK.  

Independent publisher Four Way Books present poets Angela Narciso Torres author of What Happens is Neither; Andrea Cohen author of Everything;   Rodney Terich Leonard author of Sweetgum & Lightning. Watch at this LINK

Finding Peace During a Pandemic: Lessons from Julian, 14th Century Mystic, a presentation by Professor Thomas Petriano, PhD, Religious Studies Director at St. Joseph’s College. Julian endured three plagues during a tumultuous 14th century England. What lessons does she have for us today? Watch at this LINK.

Poet/novelist  Diane Glancy (Pushing the Bear: a novel of The Trail of Tears) and poet/presbyter Spencer Reece (The Road to Emmaus, and The Clerk’s Tale) explore suffering in today’s world through ISLAND OF THE INNOCENT: A Consideration of the Book of Job by Diane Glancy.  Watch at this LINK.

Civil Rights’ Activists Janet Dewart Bell and Lewis Steel discuss their friendship, Women in the Movement, and where to go from here. Bell is the author of Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement. Steel’s book is The Butler’s Child: White Privilege, Race, and a Lawyer’s Life in Civil RightsWatch at this LINK.

Poetry reading (on Emily Dickinson’s birthday) and discussion with Grace Schulman —  her new collection The Marble Bed just published by Turtle Point Press, and Jill Bialosky — her new work Asylum, a book length lyric is just out from Knopf.  Watch at this LINK.

“Lunch with Le Pancake Kid” . Author/restaurateur Craig Carlson a.k.a. Le Pancake Kid and his husband Julien  Zoom from Paris to chat about Let Them Eat Pancakes, further adventures with Breakfast in America, Carlson’s internationally renowned pancake eatery in the City of Lights. Watch at this LINK.

Prose Writing & Photography Workshops: 

Mini Memoir: Break into the narrative of your life; write the story you’ve always wanted to get down, scene by scene in this five-week session. Short readings and supportive creative critique. All writing levels welcome, but previous workshop experience required. Contact Maryann for details. Ongoing through the year.  Pre-registration and fee required.  Via ZOOM  …

Herstory Community Workshops: We’re happy to partner with Herstory Writers Workshop especially in these challenging times. Herstory offers community writing workshops for those with urgent stories to tell. See here for their online opportunities to write your story to help change hearts and minds:

Fine Art Photographer Kathryn Szoka teaches group and private lessons in all aspects of photography from basic composition, to learning from acclaimed & award-winning photographers, to digital details. Contact the shop for details and upcoming photo sessions.


Join Canio’s CSB: Community Supported Books. Plant some customer loyalty! Open an account with $100 and share in sustaining food for thought.  Be one of the first 15 to renew or open an account, and we’ll send you our full-color Canio’s Commemorative Calendar.  Just stop in the shop or call to get started! 631-725-4926.


For more on our educational non-profit, see here: CANIO’S CULTURAL CAFE.

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. STAY TUNED FOR INFO ON OUR 2021 MOBY-DICK MARATHON!

Our 2019 MOBY-DICK MARATHON was a HUGE success: 5 locations, 160+ readers, 27.5 hours.  Check out some short clips HEREMore on the Marathon.

Read about our Walt Whitman  & John Steinbeck Marathons

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.

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.

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 books for nature lovers, foodies, children, spiritual seekers, local history buffs, and more: literary biography and memoir;  fine art & photography books; theatre; international languages; and an entire wall devoted to poetry.

Enjoy meeting a wide range of authors and local artists at weekend readings and exhibitions. Kathryn and Maryann also offer 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.***

16 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.

  6. 8 Stacy Dermont April 5, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    THANK YOU for carrying and promoting my first cookbook, “The Hamptons Kitchen!” It releases April 7, 2020 and Canio’s will be my first stop for a signing when things open up again!—Stacy Dermont

    • 9 Canio's April 5, 2020 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks, Stacy! The Hamptons Kitchen is terrific, and so necessary in our time of making meals at home. Everyone, you can order your copy by calling or emailing Canio’s now. Stay safe, healthy, centered & well read, dear friends, ~ Kathryn & Maryann, 631.725.4926 or

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Canio’s Books is located at 290 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963, 631.725.4926. Call or email us, While we love you to SEE you, you can also order new titles at our online storefront or some of our second hand inventory HERE. Thanks for visiting!

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