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June 13 @ 8:00 pm

The Importance of Not Being Ernest: A Virtual Evening with Mark Kurlansky and Mitchell Kaplan


June 13
8:00 pm



Books & Books, Miami Book Fair and independent booksellers across the U.S. present

A Virtual Evening with Mark Kurlansky

in conversation with

Mitchell Kaplan


The Importance of Not Being Ernest : My Life with the Uninvited Hemingway

(Books & Books Press, $24.95)

Monday, June 13, 8 PM ET  | Via Zoom


About the Book:

An Ernest Hemingway Biography Like No Other

“For all that’s already been written about Hemingway, The Importance of Not Being Ernestilluminates his life and works in ways not seen before.” —Sigrid Nunez, National Book Award winner and author of The Friend and What Are You Going Through

Discover Hemingway’s biography through the eyes of a fellow author and journalist.New York Times bestselling author of Salt, Mark Kurlansky turns his historical eye to the life of Ernest Hemingway. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, The Importance of Not Being Ernest shows the huge shadow Hemingway casts.

The perfect gift for writers. By a series of coincidences, Mark Kurlansky’s life has always been intertwined with Ernest Hemingway’s legend, starting with being in Idaho the day of Hemingway’s death. The Importance of Not Being Ernest explores the intersections between Hemingway’s and Kurlansky’s lives, resulting in creative accounts of two inspiring writing careers. Travel the world with Mark Kurlansky and Ernest Hemingway in this personal memoir, where Kurlansky details his ten years in Paris and his time as a journalist in Spain–both cities important to Hemingway’s adventurous life and prolific writing.

Paris, Basque Country, Havana and Idaho. Get to know the extraordinary people he met there–those who had also fallen under the Hemingway spell, including a Vietnam veteran suffering from the same syndrome the author did, two winners of the Key West Hemingway look-alike contest, and the man in Idaho who took Hemingway hunting and fishing.


About the Author:

MARK KURLANSKY was born in Hartford, Connecticut. After receiving a BA in Theater from Butler University in 1970-and refusing to serve in the military-Kurlansky worked in New York as a playwright, having a number of off-off Broadway productions, and as a playwright-in-residence at Brooklyn College. He has worked many other jobs, including as a commercial fisherman, a dock worker, a paralegal, a cook, and a pastry chef. In the mid-1970s he turned to journalism, and from 1976 to 1991 he worked as a foreign correspondent for The International Herald Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Based in Paris and then Mexico, he reported on Europe, West Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America, Latin America, and the Caribbean. His articles have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Time, The New York Times and many more. He has had 35 books published including fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books. His books include Havana, Cod, Salt, Paper, The Basque History of the World, 1968, The Big Oyster, among other titles. He has received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Bon Appetit‘s Food Writer of the Year Award, the James Beard Award, and the Glenfiddich Award. He lives in New York City.

About the Moderator:

MITCHELL KAPLAN is the owner of Books & Books and co-founder of the Miami Book Fair.

Ticket Guidelines:

  • U.S. GENERAL ADMISSION (FREE, NO BOOK): This ticket option allows free access to the virtual event and does NOT include a book.
  • ADMISSION WITH BOOK (Includes book + U.S shipping): The purchase of this ticket admits (1) one person into the virtual event and includes (1) one copy of the book The Importance of Not Being Ernest : My Life with the Uninvited Hemingway
     (Books & Books Press, $24.95 + tax and fee). A fee of $6 is included for U.S. domestic shipping of the book

When completing your order, please make sure that you include your complete shipping address (including your Apt. # if applicable) and phone number.

All books will be shipped AFTER the event.

When completing your order, please make sure that you include your complete shipping address and phone number.

Please note: Due to the pandemic the post office is being challenged by increased volume, staffing issues, and safety measures. Most orders within the U.S. deliver in about 10 business days from the date the book ships. International orders usually take longer and vary depending on the country of destination. We cannot guarantee the exact date of delivery, however, will do our best to make it as swift as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Books & Books is excited to partner with Miami Book Fair and indies across the country for this special conversation with Mark Kurlansky! Tickets are FREE or bundled with the book (+tax/fee).

Books & Books at The Studios (Key West, FL)

Book Passage (San Francisco, CA)

Elliot Bay (Seattle, WA)

Gibson’s (Concord, NH)

Harvard Book Store (Cambridge, MA)

The King’s English Bookshop (Salt Lake City, UT)

Left Bank Books (St. Louis, MO)

Politics and Prose (D.C.)

Once you make your purchase, we will send you a Zoom registration link (24 hours BEFORE) that will give you access to the event via private link.