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November 10, 2008|By From Sun news services

Election victory boosts sales of Obama books

Barack Obama is the hottest name in publishing.

On the weekend after he became the country's first African-American president-elect, Obama's The Audacity of Hope and Dreams From My Father, both already million sellers, ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on and Barnes &

Both hardcover and paperback editions of The Audacity of Hope were out of stock yesterday on Amazon.

Demand has also surged for Change We Can Believe In, a collection of Obama's speeches and policy proposals that had been selling modestly; Barack Obama: In His Own Words, a book of his quotes; and works about him such as Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, a children's book by Nikki Grimes; and Robert Kuttner's Obama's Challenge, a call for a sweeping, progressive economic agenda.

'Akeelah' star stylin'

She was a girl quarterback in The Longshots, a reluctant school spelling champ in Akeelah and the Bee and a rope-skipping double Dutch competitor in Jump In! Now actress Keke Palmer, 15, can add fashionista to her repertoire.

As the star of Nickelodeon's True Jackson, VP, she plays a 15-year-old fashion maven who, to the chagrin of her older co-workers, lands a job as head of a major label's youth division.

"She's a lot like me," Palmer says of True Jackson. "She's persistent and hardworking and doing an adult job at a young age."

Writer-priest is injured

The Rev. Andrew Greeley is in critical condition at a Chicago-area hospital after falling and fracturing his skull on Friday

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday that the 80-year-old Catholic priest and best-selling novelist is stable at a hospital in Park Ridge.

Greeley has written more than 50 novels, many of them international mystery thrillers.

'Sopranos' actor on trial

The murder trial of Sopranos actor Lillo Brancato Jr. is scheduled to begin just days after his co-defendant is sentenced.

A Nov. 17 trial date was set Friday for Brancato, 32, who played an aspiring mobster on the HBO show. He is charged in the December 2005 slaying of New York City police Officer Daniel Enchautegui.

Co-defendant Steven Armento, who shot the officer, was convicted of first-degree murder Oct. 30. He could face life in prison without parole at his Nov. 14 sentencing.

Authorities say Enchautegui confronted Armento and Brancato when the two broke into an apartment to steal prescription drugs.

today's birthdays

Lyricist Tim Rice, 64.

Comedian Sinbad, 52.

Actress Mackenzie Phillips, 49.

Actress Ellen Pompeo, 39.

Actress Brittany Murphy, 31.

Rapper Eve, 30.

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