Keep healthy & well read!

Stop by for CURBSIDE PICK UP.   CALL or EMAIL: 631.725.4926 –

Bookshop hours: 12 to 5 p.m. daily. Limited in-store browsing is now welcome. Masks are a must.

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.

PLEASE NOTE:  We are zooming ALL events and workshops. Details below.


Sat. June 6 at 5 p.m. confirmed ZOOM event: Ecologist Carl Safina reads from and discusses his new work Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty and Achieve Peace. Signed copies of the new book now available. 

Friday, June 12 at SIX p.m. Part two of our book discussion on Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, celebrating its 50th anniversary.  You are welcome to join even if you did not come to the first session.

You must register in advance using this LINK.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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

You MUST register in advance using this LINK.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Tues. June 16 at 5 p.m. Zoom event with Journalist Barbara Weber- Floyd who presents The Resistance and Me: An Insider’s Account of the Two-Year Mission to Stop the Trump Agenda and Take Back the House.

You MUST register in advance using this LINK. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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

You MUST register in advance using this LINK. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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

You MUST register in advance using this LINK. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Fri. July 10 & 17  Walt Whitman– inspired writing workshop with Mark Doty, mornings. Registration and fee required.

Wed. July 15 at 6 p.m.   Book talk with author Lawrence Goldstone presenting On Account of Race: The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights.


* Book talk with novelist Jeffrey Colvin author of Africaville.

*Book talk with translator Ann Goldstein discussing and reading from the forthcoming novel by Elena Ferrante: Lying Life of Adults



Prose Writing & Poetry Workshops: 

Writing workshop with Mark Doty: Friday mornings, July 10 and July 17 via ZOOM. Call the shop for details.  Based on his new book, What is the Grass: Walt Whitman in my Life, poet and memoirist Mark Doty will use prompts from Whitman’s poetry for both prose writers and poets to explore.

Mini-Memoir five-week workshop NOW FILLED . Contact shop for waiting list. Short readings, lively commentary and supportive community. Via ZOOM or in person, depending …

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

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 new online opportunities to write your story to help change hearts and minds:

Nature Writing Master Workshop, dates TBD: 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. Call with questions and to register, 631.725.4926.


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.

Six Feet of Separation

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.

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.***

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, 63.725.4926. 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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