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Sag Harbor Merton Circle

All fired up after attending the 13th conference of the International Thomas Merton Society, we’re contemplating a local gathering of those interested in learning more about this fascinating 20th century Christian monk. Held at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield , CT, the conference brought together some 240 attendees. Presentations focused on Merton’s poetry, social conscience, ecumenism, philosophy, contemplative practice and more.
The idea to start a local study group came as we considered the wide interest in Merton’s life and work. Canio’s has already presented several workshops and programs on Merton which were all very well attended.
As 2015 marks the centenary of Merton’s birth, we’ve joined a campaign proposed by the ITMS to develop 100 new local chapters. We’ll meet periodically to read, question and discuss Merton’s work in a convivial atmosphere. Interested in learning more? Contact us for further details.

Canio’s Cafe Celebrates Earth Day

Canio’s Cultural Cafe will celebrate Earth Day a few days early on Saturday, April 20 at 5
p.m. We’re calling for friends of the Earth to come read a short selection
of poetry or prose that expresses concern for the Earth. Read a work of
your own, or of some wonderful nature writer you greatly admire. If you
need ideas, pick up a copy of Orion magazine’s current issue in stock at
the shop.
At our Earth Day read-in, we’ll announce an essay contest on a theme of
environmental awareness. Perhaps you’d like to participate in that, and we
hope you’ll tell others about it. One of the prizes will be a one-year gift subscription to the excellent nature and culture magazine, Orion, now in its 30th year.

Write For Earth

Spring is somewhere out there even if temperatures are chilly and there’s snow in the forecast. Still we can dream about that garden we’d love to dig into. If you’re ready to dig into some new writing, get ready for our Earth Day essay contest, soon to be announced by Canio’s Cultural Cafe. We’re interested in creating awareness of our one precious Earth, and this essay contest is just one way we’ll be doing that this year. One of the prizes will be a gift subscription to Orion magazine, an elegant and eloquent periodical about nature and culture. Pick up the latest issue and be inspired! Stay tuned for contest details coming soon. On Saturday, April 20 we’ll announce the topic and invite you to speak up for Earth!

CCC Feb 2012: Winter Walk with Thomas Merton

Facilitator Eda Lorello led a packed workshop on a journey through the life and work of Thomas Merton.  Using Anthony Padovano’s  book, Becoming Who We Are, the group explored how Merton’s life experiences influenced his becoming a contemplative, a peace activist, and explorer of eastern spirituality.

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“And the deepest level of communication is not communication, but communion.  It is wordless. It is beyond words, and it is beyond speech, and it is beyond concept.  Not that we discover a new unity.  We discover an older unity.  My dear brothers, we are already one.  But we imagine that we are not.  And what we have to discover is our original unity.  What we have to be is what we are.”

— Thomas Merton, from an informal talk delivered at Calcutta, Oct.  1968 “The Asian Journal”

CCC, 2012: Dr. MLK’s Legacy in OCCUPY and The Gift of Time

The new year has started strong.  We honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with “THE OTHER AMERICA:  MLK’s Legacy in OCCUPY.”  We listened to Dr. King’s speech on poverty in America, and then Rev. Katrina Foster spoke and led a discussion.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our Spirituality  workshops have been very popular.  Ronnie Murtha started 2012 with a guided reflection, “Give Yourself the Gift of Time,” looking back on 2011 and forward to the new year.  Currently Eda Lorello is facilitating  “A Winter’s Walk with Thomas Merton,” a multi-session workshop on Merton & our own paths.  This workshop was completely booked!  We hope to offer it again, and are planning more Spiritual Workshops soon. Please join our FB group for more information.

The Gift of Time Workshop

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.

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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!