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Darrell Hammond salts the 'depressing stuff' in his life with large doses of off-the-chain humor
One of the highlights of the 2011 Miami Book Fair International was the appearance of comedian Darrell Hammond, who was introduced by Coral Cables Chamber Of Commerce President Mark Trowbridge. Famous for his Saturday Night Live impersonations of presidents and other celebrities, Hammond opened with a resounding plea for Barnes & Noble and airport bookstores to display his New York Times bestselling book in their stores, calling it a 'freedom of speech' issue and then introduced his memoir, God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F*cked (Harper; November, 2011). Salting the 'depressing stuff' in his life with large doses of off-the-chain humor, Hammond then shed light on the dark side, including alcoholism, drugs, and prison in the Caribbean, which gave rise to the title of his memoir. Switching gears, Hammond launched into hilarious behind-the-scenes stories of his meetings with and impersonations of President Bill Clinton and his father's dramatic deathbed apology which led to Hammond's psychological 'breakthrough' toward healing and getting off his lithium treatments. Hammond wrapped his appearance with 'the dumbest thing' he ever did--his now famous impromptu Sean Connery impersonation--before taking questions from the audience on why he quit SNL; his relationship with Dick Cheney and friends; the consequences of going public with his private life and breaking the silence of abuse victims; the highlights of his Saturday Night Live career; and the common notion that pain and art go hand-in-hand.

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Jeffrey Eugenides reads from his new blockbuster 'The Marriage Plot': Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides reads from his latest hit, 'The Marriage Plot,' at 2011 BookExpo America and Miami Book Fair International.

Jaimy Gordon reads from her National Book Award-winning novel, 'Lord of Misrule': National Book Award-winning author Jaimy Gordon reads from her bestselling prize-winner 'Lord of Misrule' at the 2011 Miami Book Fair International.

William Kennedy reads from NY Times Notable Book of the Year, 'Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes': Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy reads from his latest acclaimed bestseller, 'Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes,' at the 2011 Miami Book Fair International.

Tea Obreht reads from her 2011 Orange Prize-winning novel 'The Tiger's Wife': Orange Prize-winning author Tea Obreht appeared at the 2011 Miami Book Fair International to read from her award-winning novel, 'The Tiger's Wife.'

Russell Banks reads from his latest bestseller 'Lost Memory of Skin': award-winning, bestselling author Russell Banks reads from his latest hit 'Lost Memory Of Skin' at the 2011 Miami Book Fair International.

Hillary Jordan reads from her bestselling novel 'When She Woke': Bestselling author Hillary Jordan reads from her new 'chilling, futuristic novel' (Oprah Magazine), 'When She Woke,' at the 2011 Miami Book Fair Interntanional.

Michael Ondaatje reads from his international bestseller 'The Cat's Table': Internationally acclaimed author Michael Ondaatje from his latest besteller, 'The Cat's Table,' at the 2011 Miami Book Fair International.

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