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Albom’s next novel due in fall

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Mitch Albom, one of the country’s most popular authors, has a new publisher and a new novel coming this fall.

The author of “Tuesdays With Morrie” has a three-book deal with Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Albom’s previous publisher was the Disney-owned Hyperion.

Harper told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Albom’s next book is called “The First Phone Call from Heaven.” The novel will tell of a small Michigan town where residents start receiving phone calls from those in the afterlife.

Probation for ‘Billy’

William “Billy” Bretherton, star of the A&E reality show “Billy the Exterminator,” has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of possessing synthetic marijuana, his attorney said.

Bretherton was put on probation for a year and prosecutors dropped charges against his wife at a hearing April 19 in Bossier Parish, attorney Allyn Stroud said Tuesday.

He said Bretherton was given a suspended 60-day jail term and fined $500 and that the reality TV star has agreed to undergo substance abuse evaluation and treatment. Bretherton’s probation requires community service and regular drug and alcohol testing, Stroud said.

Band cancels

Furthur is canceling a tour date after guitarist Bob Weir fell onstage at a concert last week.

Weir said on his website Tuesday that the Grateful Dead offshoot is “unable to perform for the next several weeks ... due to unforeseen circumstances.” They were scheduled to play May 9 in Napa, Calif.

Weir was quickly helped off the floor after collapsing onstage at a concert last week in Port Chester, N.Y.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Englebert Humperdinck is 77. Singer Larry Gatlin is 65. Singer Lou Gramm is 63. Actress Christine Baranski is 61. Wrestler-actor Dwayne Johnson is 41. Actress Ellie Kemper is 33. Singer Lily Allen is 28.

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