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Saturday, December 18, 2004
Obama urges kids
Tentative 3-book deal worth $1.9 millionCHICAGO » U.S. Sen.-elect Barack Obama, whose 1995 book jumped onto best-seller lists after his keynote address to the Democratic National Convention, has landed a three-book deal worth $1.9 million.
Crown Publishing Group and Random House Children's Books, divisions of Random House Inc., announced yesterday that Obama will write two books for adults and one for children.
He will be paid an $850,000 advance for each adult book and $200,000 for the children's book, said Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs. Proceeds from the children's book, which Obama will work on with his wife, Michelle, and their two young daughters, will go to charity, Gibbs said.
The contract is contingent on the approval of the Senate Ethics Committee, he said.
The Hawaii-born Obama overwhelmingly defeated Republican Alan Keyes in November's election for an Illinois Senate seat.
He will be the only senator of African-American descent and only the third since Reconstruction.
Obama jumped onto the national stage earlier this year after delivering the keynote address at the National Democratic Convention in Boston, where he spoke of national unity.
"As a son of Punahou, Sen. Obama has become a source of genuine pride for his former Punahou schoolmates and teachers," said Jim Scott, the school's president. "He is also inspiring a new generation of young people."
Obama has been in the islands for about a week to visit with family, and plans to stay until after Christmas. His grandmother and sister live on Oahu.
Yesterday's appearance was his second this week. On Thursday night he spoke to isle Democrats at the Hilton Hawaii Village about his experiences growing up in Hawaii.