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

A look back at Canio’s Cultural Cafe‘s MOBY-DICK MARATHON, 2017
Bookshop hours: open daily 10 to 6 p.m.; Sun. & Weds. 12 to 5 p.m.

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

Winter workshops:
Dante’s La Vita Nuova, with Canio Pavone starts Jan. 15.
Winter Insight writing workshop with Maryann FILLED. Call for waiting list.
Photography in Winter with Kathryn, starts mid-January.
Call or email for details: 631.725.4926.

More to come!


Happy New Year to all! 


Sunday, Jan. 14at 3 p.m. at UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST MEETINGHOUSE: Racial Justice East End continues the discussion of Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy:a Story of Justice & Redemption.

Mon. Jan 15, 10 a.m. Cultural Cafe Master Workshop: Dante’s La Vita Nuova

Three-session seminar led by Canio Pavone on three Mondays, Jan. 15, 22 & 29 focuses on this great short work by Dante, considered a treatise on art as well as a love poem to his beloved Beatrice. Space is limited. Call soon to reserve your spot. $125. for three sessions. Registration required.

Thurs. Jan. 25 WORKSHOP FILLED.  Winter Insight: prose writing workshop FILLED . Led by Maryann. Call for waiting list. Five sessions, fee: $150.



Sun. Feb. 4 at 3 p.m.Racial Justice East End book discussion on Just Mercy: a Story of Justice & Redemption by Brian Stephenson at Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, Bridgehampton.

Sat. Feb. 17, 5 p.m. African American Literature Read-In. Tenth annual event, co-sponsored with Jermain Library. Come read an excerpt by your favorite African American writer. Refreshments after the readings.

Sat. Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. Author Adam Nicolson in conversation with nature writer/biologist Carl Safina on Nicolson’s new work: The Seabird’s Cry: Lives awnd Loves of the Planet’s Great Ocean Voyagers.


Thrs. Mar. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Film screening of Rikers at Bridgehampton Library, sponsored by Racial Justice East End.


Thrs. Mar. 8, noon to 2 p.m. Enjoy International Women’s Day. Brown bag lunch for women at Canio’s. Bring your lunch, share conversation, catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Coffee & tea will be served.

Sat. Mar. 17 at 5 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day concert : Irish history expert and musican/performer Terence Sullivan presents a program of satirical songs in Irish entitled “Laughin’ to Keep From Cryin” exploring Irish culture and diversity. Refreshments follow.

Sneak peak: Think spring!


Sat. April 21 at 5 p.m. Pulitzer prize-winning poet PhilipSchultz , introduced by poet Grace Schulman, reads from his new collection, Luxury.


Sat. May 12 at 5 p.m. NPR Radio host David Bouchier reads from his new memoir, An Unexpected Life.


Sat. May 19 Sag Harbor Cultural Heritage Weekend. Marathon reading of John Steinbeck’s Winter of Our Discontent. Sign up to read!



Sat. June 9 at 5 p.m. Acclaimed poet Charles Fishman reads from In the Wake of the Glacier: New and Selected Poems


Upcoming events: new poetry collections from Paul Genega, and from Susan Barran; and the return of the Comma Queen.

Feminist Book Group continues with This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, edited by Cherrie Morage and Gloria Anzalduia. Date TBA. Copies available at Canio’s.

Looking forward to
MOBY-DICK MARATHON,  2019 & Melville’s 200th!

Bookshop hours: open daily, 10-6; Sun. and Wed. 12 to 5.

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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