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Hemingway Days celebrates author’s Key West legacy

Throughout the 1930s, Ernest Hemingway lived on the tiny island of Key West, penning now-classic works that included "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "To Have and Have Not."

The Nobel Prize-winning author's legacy is to be celebrated July 16-21, with events saluting his literary prowess and vigorous Key West lifestyle.

Hemingway Days 2013 includes a popular look-alike contest, authors' readings, an offbeat "Running of the Bulls," a marlin tournament and the culmination of a short story contest directed by author and Hemingway granddaughter Lorian Hemingway.

Approximately 125 stocky, bearded men resembling Ernest are to compete in Sloppy Joe's "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. Now in its 33rd year, the competition is staged at Sloppy Joe's Bar, 201 Duval St., a watering hole frequented by Ernest in the 1930s.

Preliminary rounds are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19. The winner will be chosen Saturday night by a judging panel of past winners. For information and registration, visit

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