Main Street in the block above Long Wharf has seemed a little naked without a bookstore in this literary village ever since BookHampton left, even though Canio’s on Upper Main Street is the perfect browsing and gathering place for all those who love books and reading.Now a former employee of BookHampton says she will be opening a new bookstore in the same storefront where the Sag Harbor outpost of that legendary South Fork chain last operated. It will be called Harbor Books, according to the signs in the window. Here’s wishing the best of luck to Taylor Rose Berry.
Friends of poet and former New York Times Magazine and Book Review editor Harvey Shapiro packed Canio’s last Saturday evening to remember and celebrate Harvey through readings of his astonishingly perfect poems. Harvey and his companion Galen Williams lived in East Hampton and Brooklyn but were close friends, of course, with many of Sag Harbor’s literary lights. He died in January 2013.
Katherine Levy, the Sag Harbor poet who organized the event, spoke of the “enormously high stakes that Harvey was playing for” in the poetry that is included in the new posthumous collection of his final works, “A Momentary Glory: Last Poems.”
“This is one of the most rigorously honest books I have ever read,” she said, “about aging and death and sex and joy and bodily functions and light on the water in Sag Harbor and a whole host of things, even including George W. Bush.”
Readers and speakers included Grace Shulman, Bob Hershon, Hugh Seidman, Ms. Levy, Julie Sheehan and Harvey’s sons Dan and Saul.
A kind of writing that is the opposite of what you’re reading right now will be the topic at Canio’s this Saturday, November 15, from 5 to 6 p.m., when Louise DeSalvo, a professor of creative writing at Hunter College with a home in Sag Harbor, presents her new work, “The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections on Time, Craft and Creativity.”
“Professor DeSalvo advises her readers to explore their creative process on deeper levels by getting to know themselves and their stories more fully over a longer period of time,” according to an announcement from Canio’s.
She makes a case that more mature writing develops over a long time and she offers tips and techniques for guiding that slow-motion creative process. Professor DeSalvo describes the work habits of John Steinbeck, Henry Miller, Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence as well as contemporary authors Michael Chabon, Junot Diaz, Jeffrey Eugenides, Ian McEwan and Salman Rushdie.
Professor DeSalvo created the MFA degree program at Hunter in memoir writing. She is author of “Writing as a Way of Healing” and a biography of Virginia Woolf.
This coming Wednesday, November 19, from 6 to 8 p.m., come celebrate the Children’s Museum of the East End’s Annual Fall Ladies Night benefit at Page restaurant at 63 Main Street in Sag Harbor. The event will be hosted by Edwina Annicelli, Eve Behar, Alicia De Fronze, Barrie Glabman, Lisa Herbert Winter, Janice Hummel, Briana Landie, Susie Sabin, Dana Stern and Suellen Tunney.
They urge you to “schedule the sitter, grab your friends and get ready for an incredible evening of cocktails, prizes, and fun.” Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. “We’ll also be raffling off a gorgeous Tory Burch tote,” said the ladies. Tickets for the raffle are $5 each or $20 for five and can be purchased online or during the event. For more information, contact Lara Sweeney at Lara@CMEE.org or by calling (631) 537-8250.
Also coming up on the festivities calendar is the first annual holiday cocktail party of the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, which is usually closed at this time of year. This event, set for Saturday, December 6 from 5 to 7 p.m., will be a rare chance to visit the museum in December and spread good cheer among friends.
A cozy gathering over drinks and hors d’oeuvres is planned in the Sage Parlor, where artist Sabina Streeter’s compelling collection of colored charcoal drawings, “Captains, Mates, + Widows,” will make its return for one night only. In the show, she very convincingly imagines prominent men and women from Sag Harbor’s early history.
All proceeds will directly support the museum’s restoration fund. General tickets are $25. Go to the museum website at http://holidaycocktailparty.splashthat.com to order them.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” continues this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Bay Street Theater and every Friday and Saturday through November 29. There also are matinees on Saturdays, November 15, 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. Students are admitted free of charge to this production by the theater’s “Literature Alive” program, which every fall brings to the stage a work of literature from school reading lists. Adult tickets are $25. Call the box office at (631) 725-9500 or obtain tickets through Bay Street’s website, www.baystreet.org.
Singer and songwriter Caleb Collins, who appeared as a soloist at Old Whalers’ Church this summer, will return in concert on Sunday, November 16, at 4 p.m. There is no admission charge; a free-will offering will be accepted. The church is at 44 Union Street.
Caleb Collins’ love of music began in the church he attended during his childhood in Idaho. After moving to Nashville in 2005, he collaborated with established songwriters including Sue C. Smith and Wayne Haun, both winners of the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award. Top gospel and country artists including the Crabb Family, Calvin Hunt and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir have recorded Collins’ songs.
In addition to giving solo performances, Collins has appeared with artists Orla Fallon (“Celtic Woman”), Michael English and the group Point of Grace. He has received two Dove Award nominations for songwriting and several of his works have reached the charts in gospel radio. He lives in New York City, where he works with the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.
Interested in learning how to buy and sell on eBay? Valerie diLorenzo will show the basics in a class at the John Jermain Library at 34 Water Street on Friday, November 24, at 10:30 a.m. Participants need to know how to get online and how to use WiFi. Registration is required and limited to 15 so call the library now at (631) 725-0049 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s author Kate McMullan will be at Canio’s on Friday, November 28, from 11 a.m. to noon presenting her book “I’m Brave,” illustrated by award-winning artist Jim McMullan. “I’m Brave” features a shiny red fire truck and joins the McMullans’ series of kids’ books about vehicles, including “I Stink,” “I’m Mighty” and “I’m Dirty.” For information, call Canio’s at (631) 725-4926.