Dear Friends, please stay healthy & centered!

We’re offering FREE shipping/delivery & CURBSIDE PICK UP.   CALL or EMAIL: 631.725.4926 – caniosbooks@verizon.net

We are here 12 – 5 p.m. daily, Closed Weds.

Six Feet of Separation

Contributions to our educational non-profit, CANIO’S CULTURAL CAFE, will help us weather this storm. Thanks for considering a donation today.

20/20 Celebration! 
Maryann & Kathryn celebrate 20 years at Canio’s.
Canio’s Books celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2020.

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.

Canio’s commemorative calendar NOW $20. while they last! Featuring photographs by Kathryn Szoka taken at events over the past 20 years. Makes a great gift for Canio’s fans far and wide!

PLEASE NOTE:  ALL in-house events are POSTPONED for now.  We will be zooming workshops and events. Stay tuned for details …

APRIL

Wed., April 1 & 8, 4 to 6 p.m. ZOOM Nature Writing workshop with Scott Chaskey, author of Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics, and Promise of Seeds, and On This Common Ground, long-time head-farmer at Quail Hill Farm. Registration and fee required. About the workshop: “Heaven and earth are trapped in visible form:/ all things emerge/ from within the writing brush…” So says Lu Chi in the “Wen Fu,” (The Art of Writing). In this Springtime class we will use the writing brush to invoke a tremble of a leaf, the heart’s deep waters, an abundance of sprouting buds, or the wind that lifts each metaphor into a new season. Registration & fee required.

Sat. April 4 at 5 p.m. ZOOM Poet/activist Kathy Engel reads from her new poetry collection The Lost Brother Alphabet. Here’s the Zoom LINK to join in. We also plan to FB live the reading and upload to our YouTube channel shortly afterwards.

Sat. April 25 at 5 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day with author, poet, farmer as Scott Chaskey reads from his work surveying thirty years in community supported organic farming, and more.

MAY

Toni Morrison. A Tribute.
POSTPONED
  In collaboration with Eastville and the Unitarian Universalists, this tribute will focus on The Bluest Eye on 50th Anniversary of publication. It will include a community reading, panel discussion, film screening and party.
The Tribute WILL be re-scheduled. Stay tuned.
 Sat. May 2, at 5 p.m. Tom Clavin on Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday & the Vendetta Ride from Hell.   Call to confirm.
 
JUNE
Schedule in flux; call to confirm

Fri. June 5 at 5 p.m. Poets Paul Genega, Maggie Bloomfield, and novelist Paul Rabinowitz read from new work.

Sat. June 6 at 5 p.m. Ecologist Carl Safina reads from his new work Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty and Achieve Peace.

Friday, June 12:  Mark Doty at Canio’s!  Writing Workshop for poets and prose writers with poet Mark Doty.  Prompts from the works of Walt Whitman inspired by Doty’s new book What is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life. Registration and fee required. Space is limited. Please reserve early to avoid disappointment.

Saturday, June 13 at 5 p.m.  Poet Mark Doty reads from his new work, What is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life, part biography, part literary criticism, part memoir, always illuminating.

Friday, June 19 at 6 p.m.  Author Marian Lindberg presents Scandal on Plum Island: A Commander Becomes the Accused, a true story.

Sat. June 20 at 5 p.m. Memoirist Mary Norris presents Greek To Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen,  now in paperback.

Prose Writing & Poetry Workshops: 

March: Nature Writing: Mar. 25 & April 1: Nature Writing workshop with Scott Chaskey, author of Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics, and Promise of Seeds, and On This Common Ground, long-time head-farmer at Quail Hill Farm.  “Heaven and earth are trapped in visible form:/ all things emerge/ from within the writing brush…” So says Lu Chi in the “Wen Fu,” (The Art of Writing). In this Springtime class we will use the writing brush to invoke a tremble of a leaf, the heart’s deep waters, an abundance of sprouting buds, or the wind that lifts each metaphor into a new season.  Registration and fee required.

Ashawagh Hall Writers Workshop  Working on a book project? Need some good reader commentary? Consider the Ashawagh Hall Writers workshop now in its 37th year. Applications welcome for Fall 20202 session.  Contact Maryann for details further info.

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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.

From Last Year: 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.  Check out some short clips HERE. More 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.

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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.***

10 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.

    Best,

    Steven

  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!
      M&K

  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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