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Canio’s Cultural Cafe, 2011


Photographs from Marvin Bell’s Master Writing Workshop

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Our Spring Master Writing Workshop

Poetic Forms: Generating New Poems

Poet Star Blackwill teach “Poetic Forms: Generating New Poems.” This multi-session workshop is designed to generate new writing by exploring the sonnet, haiku, sestina and more. Star Black is author of six poetry collections including most recently Velleity’s Shade. Dates and time to be determined. For more information and to reserve a spot, call 631 725 4926.

Star Black

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Our Previous Master Writing Workshop

Canio’s Cultural Cafe held its first Master Writing Workshop with nationally renowned poet Mark Doty on Monday, August 15 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m (with lunch break).  Participants brought copies of one poem in progress to be workshopped.

Mark Doty’s poetry collection Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems won the National Book Award.  His memoir Dog Years was a New York Times bestseller. Come spend time with a master and be re-inspired.  (above:  Mark Doty at Canio’s)

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Well the first decade of the millennium is history.  Hard to remember back to the “care-free” late 90’s; hard to believe the decade has slipped by.  At Canio’s, it’s nice to reflect upon the bushel full of wonderful events we’ve experienced.  Each one offered its own transcendent moments.  We hope you were able to enjoy some of them, and welcome you to our 2011 season.  You can listen to past events on East End Ink.
David Dowling
2011 started with an excellent discussion of the Moby Dick Marathon phenomena.  As many of you know, Canio’s held a Moby Dick marathon for many years starting in the mid 1980s.  In the early aughts we resurrected it, co-sponsored by the John Jermain Library.  On Thursday, January 6th, hearty souls gathered to hear author David Dowling talk about the phenomena chronicled in his book Chasing the White Whale:  The Moby Dick Marathon; or What Melville Means Today. We read the passage including Sag Harbor; discussed the deepening interest in the classic, and pondered reviving the marathon.  According to Dowling, Canio’s is the ONLY bookstore ever to host the marathon.  Interested in participating?  Let us know!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our next event celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday.  Faith and the Social Ministry of Dr. King” will be held Sunday, January 16 at 3 p.m.  Andrew Blake, Pastor Emeritus at St. Andrews, teacher, and historian will discuss how Dr. King’s faith informed his seminal work toward civil rights and social justice in order to form that “more perfect union.”  Please join us.

Canio’s Cultural Cafe !

We began the year with several community events:  local folks reading the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On a cold winter’s night, mid-January the words of our contemporary Prophet rang loud and clear once again. We watched some video clips of King’s stirring last speech before his assassination. A young singer led us in a verse or two of We Shall Overcome, and we felt re-inspired to carry on the legacy, one community event at a time.  In February, we had two Cafe’ celebrations: A reading of works by African American writers like W.E.B. DuBois,  Zora Neal Hurston, Langston Hughes and James Baldwin  showed us an intriguing sample of the breadth and depth of this great body of literature.  On the 27th of the month, we celebrated John Steinbeck’s birthday.  A selection of his works about Sag Harbor were read by bookshop founder Canio Pavone, and current co-oweners Kathryn and Maryann among others. We heard excerpts from Winter of Our Discontent, written while Steinbeck lived on Bluff Point, and from Travels with Charley which begins in a hurricane on the Sag Harbor Cove. It was all great fun and we got to brag about our most famous literary resident who lived just around the block at bit from the bookshop.  More great Cafe’ events to come!

Canio’s Cultural Cafe, Ltd.

photo by: Bernard Gotfryd

Sag Harbor’s Cultural Cafe is open.   Check out What’s cooking . . .

Canio’s Cultural Cafe is here!  In celebrating the 10th anniversary of Canio’s Books, under the direction of Maryann Calendrille and Kathryn Szoka, the two have launched a new venture to sustain and expand their events series.   Szoka and Calendrille have created a non-profit entity, Canio’s Culture Cafe, a sort of moveable feast of ideas.  While they won’t exactly be serving meals, they will be serving interesting ideas.

The mission of Canio’s Cultural Cafe, Ltd. (CCC) is to support and engender community interest in the cultural arts, with an emphasis on literature, visual arts, and current events. The CCC will accomplish this by hosting lectures, workshops, seminars and other public forums that will include a diversity of artists and writers who might not otherwise be heard.

The CCC expands upon what already happens at Canio’s Books, and will enable us to continue community programming into the future.