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34th ANNUAL HEMINGWAY DAYS SET FOR JULY 15-20, 2014

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 15-20, 2014, 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 115th 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.

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Hemingway Days, Key West
Stephen Terry, second from left, celebrates his 2013 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest victory with previous winners Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. Terry, 56, beat 125 other contestants. The contest was staged in conjunction with Key West's annual Hemingway Days festival that in 2014 is scheduled for July 15-20.
Hemingway Days, Key West
About 125 stocky, bearded men gather in Key West each year to prove their resemblance to a judging panel of past contest winners and take part in many other Hemingway Days events.
Hemingway Days, Key West
Gerritt Marshall shows his looks to judges during the 2013 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike contest.
Hemingway Days, Key West
Ernest Hemingway look-alikes push life-size, fake bulls during the "Running of the Bulls" Saturday, July 20, 2013, outside Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. The hijinks spoofed the event of the same name in Pamplona, Spain.
Hemingway Days, Key West
Stephen Terry poses in Ernest Hemingway's one-time study at the Hemingway Home and Museum Sunday, July 21, 2013, the day after he won the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. Terry, 56, beat 125 other contestants.The contest was staged in conjunction with Key West's annual Hemingway Days festival that in 2014 is scheduled for July 15-20.

Photos by Andy Newman, Florida Keys News Bureau

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