KNOWLEDGE FRIDAY CONTINUES WITH
CANIO’S BOOKS CO-OWNERS
KATHRYN SZOKA And MARYANN CALENDRILLE
Kathryn Szoka & Maryann Calendrille / Photo by Bernard Gotfryd BB
FRIDAY, JANUARY 6TH | 6:00 PM
The Church Members: FREE
Non-Members: $10 Photo by Bernard Gotfryd
Sag Harbor is lucky enough to have two fantastic bookstores in our small village, and this month we spotlight the co-owners of the widely popular Canio’s Books! Maryann Calendrille and Kathryn Szoka became co-owners of the independent literary bookshop in October 1999; the two were drawn to Sag Harbor for its reputation as a gathering place for writers. In 2009, Calendrille and Szoka launched the educational non-profit Canio’s Culture Café, which hosts lectures, workshops, seminars, and other public forums, one being the Moby-Dick Marathons. The two will be in conversation about all the surprises and absurdities of bookselling in the 21st century while also providing insights on Sag Harbor and its vibrant artist community, noting how it’s evolved throughout the years. The conversation will feature a presentation of photographs from Canio’s Books events photographed by Szoka, and the evening will conclude with a Q&A.
Maryann Calendrille is an educator, writer, and editor offering community writing workshops through the bookshop. She has taught at local libraries, for the Ashawagh Hall Writers workshop, and at Southampton College. She is the editor of Sag Harbor Is: A Literary Celebration. Her poems were published in Long Island Poets. For years she wrote the weekly Spyglass community column for the Southampton Press and has published articles and poetry in various journals.
Kathryn Szoka is a photographer of communities in transition. Her photographic essays include The VANISHING LANDSCAPES © series, documenting East End farmlands; Life Along the Turnpike, documenting the African American community for the Bridgehampton Museum; and WITNESS, using wrapped trees to symbolize the loss of our agrarian heritage, our increasing social isolation, and the growing disparity of wealth in our community. The Robin Rice Gallery in New York represents her. Szoka teaches photography and has received several grants and awards. Her work has been published in Sag Harbor Is: A Literary Celebration, Quail Hill Farm Cookbook, and Polaroid Transfers: A Complete Visual Guide.
The Church was established in 2019 by artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik. Housed in a deconsecrated 19th century church, its doors were opened in April 2021. Our mission is to foster creativity and to honor the living history of Sag Harbor as a maker village. The East End represents an exceptional artistic legacy, spanning the practices of indigenous art of several centuries ago, Abstract Expressionists of the mid 20th Century, and the many celebrated writers, makers, musicians, and visual artists of the recent past and current moment. Core programming includes visual art exhibitions, concerts and events, educational programming, workshops, lectures, and an artist’s residency.
48 Madison Street
Sag Harbor, NY 11963