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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, reports The Associated Press.

Obama will write two books for adults and one for children.

He’ll 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.

Obama, 43, becomes the sole black U.S. senator and only the fifth in history when he is sworn in next month.

Obama’s first book, “Dreams From My Father,” has spent 14 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list for paperback nonfiction since its re-release in July.

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