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''Magic'' Johnson's book deal

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Former Lakers star Earvin ”Magic” Johnson is close to signing a three-book, $5 million deal with Random House. Johnson’s agent, CAA’s Michael Ovitz, pitted top New York publishers against each other in an auction described as ”fierce” by industry insiders. Sources say that the books, to be sold as a package, include a safe-sex pamphlet for teens (due first, and cowritten with C. Everett Koop), a memoir, and a step-by-step anatomy of Johnson’s illness to be published after his death. It is also said that Magic will work with Roy S. Johnson, who collaborated on his ’89 biography, Magic Touch.

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