The Importance of Not Being Ernest

The Importance of Not Being Ernest

My Life with the Uninvited Hemingway (A unique Ernest Hemingway biography, Gift for writers)

Mark Kurlansky


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Mark has recieved numerous awards, including:

  • 2017 Havana named one of top seven travel books of the year by Smithsonian magazine
  • 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection for Frozen in Time
  • 2012 Robert Laxalt Distinguished Writer award from Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2011 National Parenting Publications Awards - gold award for World Without Fish
  • 2007 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonviolence
  • 2007 Doctor of Letters, Butler University
  • 2006 Bon Appetit magazine’s Food Writer of the Year.
  • 2005 ALA Notable Book Council Award for 1968: The Year That Rocked The World
  • 2001 Basque Hall of Fame
  • 2001 Honorary ambassadorship from the Basque government
  • Cod received the 1999 James Beard Award for Food Writing and the 1999 Glenfiddich Award
  • The children’s book, The Cod’s Tale, received the Orbis Pictus award from the National Council of Teachers of English.
  • The children’s book, The Story of Salt, received the ALA Notable Book Award
  • A Continent of Islands and Cod both received The New York Public Library Best Books of the Year Award
  • Salt received the Pluma Plata award from the Bilbao Book Fair and was a finalist for the LA Times Science Writing Award and the James Beard food writing award.
  • 1968 received the ALA Notable Book Award


Mark Kurlansky:
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.