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Canio’s, where good books, ideas, & community meet

CALENDAR of EVENTS

Welcome, Friends of Canio’s, to our “new”  look.  Canio’s has long been a pillar of Sag Harbor’s literary and artistic community with thousands of events over the years within our storied walls.  This October we celebrates our 34th year.  Stay tuned for details of the celebration. The summer of 2014 brings lots of exciting news.  Our calendar is full of events with local & well known writers; and other great events, including the jazz guitarist, Jack Wilkins on July 12.  Check out our listing.

Saving Bookstores, Saving Lives 

James Patterson is giving a million dollars to bookstores for specific projects. We need your help!   Please recommend Canio’s Books for a James Patterson Grant. Here’s how:  go to  jamespatterson.com/booksellers and answer a few questions. That’s it!   Let us know & we’ll keep you posted. Thanks in advance.

TEST our NEW e-book offering

Are you reading e-books on your iPad or iPhone?  If yes, please test our e-book storefront on ZOLA Books. ZOLA is an online e-book purveyor for small Indies. They are building their inventory and have signed many publishers. They don’t carry Random House-Penguin title yet; but this will change soon. In the meantime, give it a try. We’d love your feedback.  

 

It’s simple:   

go to zolabooks.com/profile/caniosbooks,

CLICK the IndiePledge button on our page.  All your purchases will be credited to Canio’s once you make the pledge.

Maryann & Kathryn are offering writing & photography workshops throughout the summer.  Please call or email for information.  Private lessons and editorial services are also available.  Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, but most importantly, come in & see us and discover why Canio’s is where good books, ideas & community meet.

Big Community Hug

Canio's Cash Mob by SzokaThanks to all cash-mobbers who jammed into Canio’s last Saturday in a huge show of support for our efforts to be your community bookshop. It was a record-breaking day at the shop thanks to friends Bobbi, Eric, April, Eric and many others who contacted friends and spread the word and showed up to give us what felt like a great big hug.
We put a lot of energy into creating an interesting, thought-provoking shop filled with books worth reading, and artists and writers worth meeting. We felt affirmed in our efforts this past Saturday, when the community responded with a resounding, “Yes!” Sag Harbor’s long literary legacy continues!
And we say, “Thank you!” to all who participated. And please do come again. Canio’s is Canio’s because of this wonderful community we all live in and love, and because of people like you.

A Stone for Nina

One of the truly remarkable experiences we’ve had here recently was a reading by Paul Genega of his short prose piece, A Stone For Nina. An elegy really, the story describes a fascinating and unusual older woman who befriends a group of naive but intelligent college boys. It’s the late ’60s Washington, D.C. Nina has a long tale to tell about her life, full of strange twists and turns and possible fabrications. She captures the heart and imagination of our narrator, a sensitive and perceptive soul. Author and poet Paul Genega’s reading of this piece joined voice, cadence, word, and physical gesture all in subtle and expressive alignment. It was as if all the many disparate elements of a life harmonized in the work of this artist, writer Paul Genega.

In fact, Stone for Nina is such an impressive work, I’ve decided to devote an entire writing workshop to the piece. We will read and closely examine the piece, and use it as inspiration for our own long loving look at character, memory and storytelling. Contact the shop for details about this summer workshop, “Character, Memory and the Long Short Story”.

We were delighted that Paul’s proud father, in his nineties, was able to attend the event and share in the accomplishment of his son.
Editor, publisher and poet Antje Katcher also read from her new poetry collection, For Bananafish, a  collection of recent work, sestinas and haikus that demonstrate strict adherence to form combined with surprising flights of  imagination. Both works are published by Three Mile Harbor Press. Signed copies are available at Canio’s.

Steinbeck Slept Here!

Today, February 27,  is John Steinbeck’s birthday as noted, thoughtfully, but incompletely by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. (http://app.info.americanpublicmediagroup.org/e/es?s=1715082578&e=9333&elq=daf1cddcd35f43fa88e5fe39e05aa6ae)

We must add that Steinbeck lived, worked, fished, drank and generally had a good time here in Sag Harbor on the East End of Long Island. Some have called ours a “charming fishing village” not dissimilar to Steinbeck’s beloved Monterey Bay. Steinbeck spent the last decade of his life here, driving out from New York when his works were performed on Broadway stages.

We see a steady stream of  Steinbeck fans on pilgrimage who stop in to ask about where he lived — The writer’s home is now a private residence overlooking Sag Harbor Cove.  Our literary walking tours always wind up there, a respectful distance from the place he wrote The Winter of Our Discontent. It’s said he based several characters on Sag Harbor locals. Steinbeck’s American road book, Travels with Charley begins here in the wind-churned cove, just as Hurricane Donna blows through:”Under the big oak trees of my place at Sag Harbor sat Rocinante…”

John found pals among the locals, fishing buddies and drinking buddies in the days of the notorious Black Buoy bar when Sag Harbor was a place God-fearing mothers forbade their kids from venturing to. But local folks just let Steinbeck be Steinbeck, allowed him his privacy.  In a show of affection for what was then a proudly blue-collar town, Steinbeck helped create our Whalers festival, a giant street parade and rowdy weekend party featuring boat races that once brought sailors and boozers from far and near. The festival, now toned down as Sag Harbor has gone upscale,  is celebrated as HarborFest,  in early September when the crowds have dissipated, but when the weather’s still fine.

Steinbeck conducted his war with the ospreys here, as described in a humorous piece we included in our Sag Harbor Is: A Literary Celebration.  At the centenary of his birth, we hosted a Steinbeck celebration with an exhibit of photographs from the family collection and a stirring tribute by Steinbeck’s friend, the late Budd Schulberg. There’s a beautiful bronze bust of the writer in our beloved John Jermain Library, a tribute to the village’s claim on the Nobel Prize winner.

All this to say, Steinbeck once slept here! He lived here, played here, wrote here. Happy Birthday, John Steinbeck. Sag Harbor salutes you!

Keep It Simple

Stacks of books and boxes, piles of paper, catalogs, bills surround us. Call it clutter, or call it cozy lived-in. We’ve got lots of “stuff” here at the bookshop, most of it important, but some of it could go.  So we’re eager to start another community discussion course  this month called Voluntary Simplicity. We’ll address not just physical clutter, but personal as well as environmental clutter.

Call it ironic that here in the fabulous Hamptons a sandbar of conspicuous consumption, a small group of folks will gather to discuss how to get more out of life with less.

In 1981 Duane Elgin’s book, Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich  announced the movement.  Reissued in 2010, Voluntary Simplicity has become even more relevant, mainstream rather than marginal,  more urgent. According to Elgin, voluntary simplicity helps create community through a common purpose; protects plants and animals from extinction;  promotes self-discovery and well-being among humans, all the while promoting a balanced use of Earth’s precious resources. In fact, voluntary simplicity is crucial to a sustainable future.

Voluntary Simplicity, a five-week course designed by the Northwest Earth Institute, begins at Canio’s Tuesday, January 29. We’ll read intriguing articles, discuss our experiences, as we become more aware of how we’re spending our precious time, our limited resources. We’ll discover how these choices affect our health, our relationships, and Earth.

Pre-registration is required along with a $30. materials fee. Space is limited; contact us soon! The program is sponsored by Canio’s Cultural Cafe.

Remembering Harvey Shapiro

Harvey Shapiro

Word reached us that poet Harvey Shapiro died on January 7, 2013.  Harvey, a longtime and loyal customer of the bookshop, read at Canio’s several times from his various collections including How Charlie Shavers Died and Other Poems; The Sights Along the Harbor, and the volume he edited:  Poets of World War II published by The Library of America.  Here’s one from The Sights Along the Harbor.

To Nature

Sun gilding each lance-like pine needle.

One needs to have a proper attitude of respect

as a Jew only recently out of his village in Russia

would have had when he first ventured

from the Lower East Side on to broad Fifth Avenue.

My eyes are wide. I lift my cap.

We lift our cap to Harvey, who always had a ready smile and affable way about him, who supported other poets, and who seemed to remain just a regular guy even though his many prestigious accomplishments lift him above the crowd.

Winter Jazz Warms the Bookshop

Some Monk tunes, “Olio”, “Here’s That Rainy Day” and a beautiful traditional hymn often performed by John Fahey… just some of the numbers performed by jazz bassist Steve Shaughnessy and guitarist Bryan Campbell at Canio’s recently.  A beautiful way to close out 2012 despite the stormy weather that night. Snug inside the bookshop and before an intimate appreciative audience, these two fine musicians seemed to pull notes out of the air each complementing the other in a respectful collaboration. Shaughnessy and Campbell often play at the Bay Burger Jazz Jam, and we’re happy to note, will be performing weekly in a quintet at World Pie in Bridgehampton beginning Thursday, January 10 from 8 to 11 p.m.

Campbell is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance at Queen’s College. He is a gifted artist with a long career ahead of him.  Shaughnessy, a master musician in both classical and jazz performance,  a long time member of the South Fork Chamber Orchestra, is also a music educator. He and jazz guitarist Tom DePetris have collaborated for decades particularly when DePetris headed up the jazz fusion band Solar popular on the East End. DePetris was scheduled to appear at Canio’s as he has many times before, but bad weather changed that. We hope to welcome Tom back another time.

On this late December night, the lovely notes of  “I Fall In Love Too Easily” swirled  among the poetry and art books, and seemed to say it all!


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