36th ANNUAL HEMINGWAY DAYS SET FOR JULY 19-24, 2016
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Whether composing novels in his Whitehead Street writing studio or fishing for big game in local waters, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway left a powerful legacy in Key West. His zest for life, literary accomplishments and enduring affection for the island he called home throughout the 1930s are to be commemorated Tuesday through Sunday, July 19-24, 2016, during the annual Hemingway Days celebration.
Hemingway Days, Key West
Charlie Boice beams after winning the 2015 “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West, Fla. Boice finally won the contest after 15 attempts, beating out 121 other entrants following two preliminary rounds, semi-finals and two final rounds. The competition was a facet of the subtropical island’s annual Hemingway Days festival that ended Sunday, July 26, 2015. Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West throughout the 1930s.
Scheduled events include a look-alike contest for stocky white-bearded men resembling Hemingway, readings and book signings, an awards ceremony for the renowned literary competition directed by author and Hemingway granddaughter Lorian Hemingway, a commemoration of the 117th anniversary of Ernest’s July 21 birth, a museum exhibit of rare Hemingway memorabilia, a zany “Running of the Bulls” and a three-day marlin tournament recalling Hemingway’s devotion to the deep-sea sport.
During his Key West residence, Ernest Hemingway wrote some of his most enduring works and spent his leisure hours fishing and socializing with local and literary cohorts. Each year, fans of his writing and exuberant lifestyle come together for Hemingway Days.
Below is an original painting of Ernest Hemingway by Bill Mack. It is painted on a metal panel from the original Hollywood Sign, the holes were for wind ventilation. The letter in the lower right corner is an authentic document hand-typed by Hemingway himself with his handwritten notes in the margin. The artwork comes with all proper documentation. Stop by Key West Gallery 601 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040 and see this masterpiece in person.
This is a Hemingway Limited Edition Giclee on canvas. This original was an oil painting on canvas. The quote reads: “Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.” Also on display at Key West Gallery, 601 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040.