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.
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.
Hemingway Days 2016 Updates & Information
- 36th Annual Hemingway Days Celebration Slated for July 19-24
- Hemingway Days 2016 Schedule of Events, July 19-24
- Look-Alikes to Add Exuberant Energy to Key West's Hemingway Days
- Hemingway 5k Sunset Run/Walk and Paddleboard Race Set for July 23
- Bacardi Oakheart Key West Marlin Tournament to Offer $50,000 in Cash Prizes
- Hemingway Mystique Remains at Key West Sites
- Hemingway Days Literary Events Recall Key West's Culture of Creativity
- Literary Landmarks Showcase Key West's Creative Heritage
Photos from the 2015 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest
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.
Charlie Boice, center, is congratulated by previous victors after winning the 2015 contest. Boice finally won after trying for 15 years, beating out 121 other entrants following two preliminary rounds, a semi-final and two final rounds.
Five finalists congratulate each other on the stage. From left are Dave Hemingway, Charlie Boice, Richard Filip, Frank Kramer and Michael Groover, husband of celebrity chef Paula Deen.
Photos by Andy Newman, Florida Keys News Bureau
For information on how to compete in the Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, visit sloppyjoes.com.
For high-resolution photos of Hemingway Days for media use, visit media.fla-keys.com.