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Audiobook compiles Obama interviews

More than a dozen "60 Minutes" interviews with former President Barack Obama, beginning when he was a U.S. Senator, have been compiled into an audio release.

Simon & Schuster Audio announced Thursday that "Barack Obama: The 60 Minutes Interviews" will come out Oct. 13. The audiobook features CBS News journalist Steve Kroft, who first met with Obama in January 2007 and spoke with him throughout his presidency, culminating in a discussion shortly before Obama left office in 2017.

"Over the span of just a few years, Barack Obama evolved from inexperienced freshman senator into one of the most powerful people in the world," Kroft said in a statement. "This audiobook collection allows listeners to hear that remarkable transformation in Obama's own voice and words, as it is unfolding."

The audiobook also includes joint interviews with Obama and his wife, Michelle, and former Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Young adult author, 21, gets 7-figure book deal

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A 21-year-old author has agreed to a seven-figure deal for a pair of young adult novels.

Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, announced Thursday that it would publish Faridah b k - y m d 's highly anticipated debut, the thriller "Ace of Spades," in June 2021. The author also plans a second novel, currently untitled.

Feiwel and Friends is calling "Ace of Spades" a combination of "Gossip Girl" and "Get Out," the story of two Black students at an overwhelmingly white private school and how they get caught up in a "disturbing and deadly game."

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"I hope readers in the U.S. see that Black people belong in stories like 'Gossip Girl' and 'Pretty Little Liars,' and that above everything else we deserve happy endings," b k - y m d , a London resident currently attending college in Scotland, said in a statement.

Feiwel acquired North American rights to the two books. Usborne will release b k - y m d 's work in the United Kingdom.

Singer Blanco Brown undergoes surgery

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"The Git Up" singer Blanco Brown is in intensive care after suffering significant injuries in a head-on vehicle collision near Atlanta.

A statement from his record label, BBR Music Group, said the writer and producer was injured Monday night and was transported to a local hospital where he underwent a 12-hour surgery. Additional surgeries are expected and his family asks for prayers.

Brown's combination of country and trap music, which often relies heavily on 808 bass drum sounds and hi-hat cymbals, went viral on the app TikTok, where people recreated his dance moves or added their own dances and tagged it to #TheGitUpChallenge.

The song spent 12 weeks atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and reached No. 14 on the all-genre Hot 100 chart. He released his BBR Music Group debut album "Honeysuckle & Lightning Bugs" last year.

Today's birthdays: Comedian-actor Bob Newhart is 91. Actor William Devane ("Jessie Stone," "24") is 81. Singer Loudon Wainwright III is 74. Actor Kristian Alfonso ("Days of Our Lives") is 57. Actor Carice Van Houten ("Game of Thrones") is 44. Actor Andrew Ducote ("Dave's World") is 34. Actor Skandar Keynes ("The Chronicles of Narnia") is 29.

— The Associated Press


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