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FRAN CASTAN & CANIO PAVONE will read on Thursday,
September 21, 2023 at 1 p.m. in the garden of The Mattituck – Laurel Library,
13900 Main Rd., Mattituck, NY  11952.

Canio Pavone is the founding owner of “Canio’s,” the fabled bookstore in Sag Harbor.  From the first reading by Nelson Algren in 1980 to the annual marathon reading of Moby Dick, Canio’s Books continues the tradition of welcoming writers, both established and emerging, to share their work.  This center for literary life was sparked by Canio Pavone’s passion for books and people. Canio will be reading his own translations of the Italian poet Lalla Romano and excerpts from his memoir in progress.

Fran Castan taught writing and literature at The School of Visual Arts, a college in Manhattan. She has written articles for magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, and her poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies.  Named The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association’s  Long Island Poet of the Year 2013,  she has also received The U.K.’s 2021 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, The Poetry Society of America’s Lucille Medwick Award, a MacDowell Fellowship and a joint prize given by The Academy of American Poets and N.Y.U.  Fran will be reading new poems as well as poems from The Widow’s Quilt and Venice: City That Paints Itself, a collection of her poems and the paintings of her late husband, Lew Zacks. Both books were published by Canio’s Editions, an outgrowth of Canio’s support of writers he met along the way.