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Damon Wayans Discusses New Book 'Red Hats,' Mid-Life Crisis and Family

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at

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Comedian and actor Damon Wayans is back on the literary trail with his new book "Red Hats: A Novel" 11 years after his New York Times best-selling book "Bootleg." While his first book was comedic, the "In Living Color" and "My Wife and Kids" star took a different route with his May 2010 novel.

During his book tour, he took time out to speak with AC Arts & Entertainment Contributor Shamontiel to discuss his mid-life crisis, comedy, acting, The Red Hat Society and family life.

Shamontiel: Your first book was "Bootleg" in 1999.

Damon Wayans: "Bootleg" was me doing stand-up. I knew it was going to be funny because I was on stage with the material and then I transcribed it, put it in book form. "Red Hats" was different because this was storytelling, and it's writing something which was new to me. It's not just women. I was writing about a 64-year-old woman.


S: What happened with the delay? Why 1999 then 2010?

I was writing other things, and I was a little insecure with my writing.

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