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COVID-19 Won’t Stop Bibliophiles And Their Books

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Owners Kathryn Szoka and Maryann Calendrille in front of Canio's Books on Main Street in Sag Harbor.

Owners Kathryn Szoka and Maryann Calendrille in front of Canio's Books on Main Street in Sag Harbor.

authorStaff Writer on Mar 15, 2020

In these uncertain times, the blue door at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor has not shuttered, offering a warm, intimate refuge for the weary, in the midst of COVID-19 social distancing.

Shop owners Maryann Calendrille and Kathryn Szoka say they are carefully monitoring news on the novel coronavirus, and are taking “the necessary steps to ensure a safe environment at the bookshop.”

“We’re being extra vigilant about all practices, including more frequent sanitizing,” they said in a joint statement, adding, “Let’s all stay healthy, keep our social distance, and be supportive of those vulnerable in our community.”

For those who are unable to stop in, the bookshop is offering free shipping or delivery on single orders of $50 or more, or even combined orders with a neighbor to meet the minimum. Calendrille and Szoka said they are happy to make recommendations — “It’s one of our favorite things!” — but for those who can’t reach the $50, they will receive half off shipping costs.

“Let's also remember good rest, healthy eating, and time spent in our beautiful natural environment can help reduce anxiety and boost our immune system,” they said. “Reading good books goes a long way to nurturing our literary soul. We want to help keep our community lively, healthy and well read.”

To place an order, call 631-725-4926 or email

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