By a series of coincidences, Mark Kurlansky’s life has always been intertwined with Ernest Hemingway’s legend. The New York Times best-selling author of Salt, was Mitchell Kaplan’s first customer when Books and Books opened forty years ago. They get together once again to talk about Kurlansky’s new memoir, The Importance of Not Being Ernest. Hemingway lived in Paris, Spain, Key West, Ketchum, Idaho, but lived in Cuba longer than anywhere else. “When I went to his house in Cuba, you look around and there’s almost nothing Cuban in it. It looked like the house of an American living in Spain,” said Kurlansky. This conversation is a treat for Hemingway fans and for those who would like to know more about the complicated man who had such a strong influence on 20th century fiction. Recorded in Miami and New York, during a virtual Books and Books event that took place earlier this month.

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