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The Seventh Star: The Autobiography of Ondre Moore to Release as an Original Audiobook with Full Music EP

New York, NY — June 29, 2018

The Seventh Star, the laconic, unflinching memoir by Swifty McVay, Detroit-based rapper and member of the legendary hip-hop group D12, will be published by Hachette Audio in original audiobook format on July 10, 2018.

Read by the author himself, listeners will embark on a journey that takes them from Swift’s intense childhood on Detroit’s notorious West 7 Mile, to the highs and lows of fame that he and his peers experienced as D12 rose to national prominence. Fans of hip-hop and rap will listen rapt as McVay pulls back the curtain to describe the familial connection between D12 members, including their initial mixed reaction to a then little-known young rapper named Marshall Mathers III (aka: Eminem).

ButThe Seventh Star is more than a typical music memoir. It’s a story told with raw immediacy, about the significant struggles McVay faced and overcame — including the bleak and brutal deaths of group members Bugz and Proof — as D12 rose through the ranks. Anchoring himself in sobriety and spirituality, McVay continues to challenge himself to this day, as he tells listeners the intimate story of finding his voice and continuing to share his music’s message from America’s heartland.

“To tell my life story took a big boulder off my back. I wanted people to know that no matter what trials and tribulations you go through in life that held you back spiritually or mentally, time heals all wounds and there is always light at the end of the tunnel if you stay strong and keep the faith and believe in yourself” said McVay of completing work onThe Seventh Star.

Uniquely,The Seventh Star audiobook also includes a full 7-track music EP reflecting on the life journey of McVay, featuring various artists including Obie Trice, MRX SX, Lil David Ruffin, and Tristan Lee. The audiobook and album were executive produced by LaBront “LB” Askew, who said “My inspiration and goal while executive producing the project was for Swifty to be able to tell his story in a unique and innovative way and I had a vision of doing that through a combination of book, song, and poetry all in one. I wanted the project to be a trailblazer and The Seventh Star definitely sets the standard.”

The Seventh Star will be available wherever audiobooks and music are sold online, including iTunes, Google Play, Audiobooks.com, Audible, Downpour, Libro.fm, eStories, and more.

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HBG Big News This Week: June 25-29, 2018

Following is a recap of major news at Hachette Book Group for the week of June 25-29, 2018:

Bestsellers: What a sight to behold—HBG holds the top two slots on both the hardcover fiction and nonfiction lists this week! The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson (L,B & Knopf) remains at #1 on the Print Hardcover Fiction list (and the Combined P & E list) lists and Yes We (Still) Can by Dan Pfeiffer (Twelve) debuts at #1 on the Print Hardcover Nonfiction list. We have 17 titles on the list and our distribution clients have eight, including one #1: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo with Jill Twiss (Chronicle) returns to the top slot on the Children’s Picture Books list.

 USA Today Bestsellers: We’ve got the top two slots on the USA Today list this week as well—The President is Missing is #1 and Elin Hilderbrand’s The Perfect Couple (L,B) is #2. See the full list here.

 New HBG Sales leadership: We announced this week that Alison Lazarus, president of Macmillan’s Sales division, will be joining HBG on August 6 as EVP Director of Sales, and Chris Murphy will step into the role of SVP Retail Sales. Read more here: PW Daily, Shelf Awareness.

Big award for Indy: HBG’s Indiana team has won the United Way’s Spirit United Award, the nonprofit’s most prestigious honor, for exceptional volunteer and financial support in the community. HBG won the Spirit United Award alongside three other distinguished Central Indiana businesses.

Jemisin wins again: N. K. Jemisin’s The Stone Sky (Orbit) won the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. See the complete list of finalists here.

PBS/NYT Book Club pick: Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko (GCP) has been selected as the July pick for the PBS Newshour/New York Times Book Club. Their June pick was Andrew Sean Greer’s Less (L,B)—check out Greer’s great interviewwith PBS Newshour’s Jeffrey Brown.

Film news: A powerful new documentary based on the bestselling book Eating Animals (L,B) by Jonathan Safran Foer was released last week. “Eating Animals” is narrated by co-producer Natalie Portman and has received wide, positive press coverage in the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, the Boston Globe, The Cut, Vogue, Mother Jones, Eater, Deadline, and other outlets.

5 Best San Diego Beaches

With 80 miles of coastline, San Diego’s got more than its fair share of beaches. It’s hard to be humble: They’re pretty fantastic. Some of San Diego’s beaches are framed by wind-hewn cliff faces, creating gorgeous scenery when you’re on the beach looking out at the water as well as when you’re out in the water looking back at the beach. Everybody has a favorite beach in the area—even the dogs. We’ve narrowed the list down to our top 5 to help you choose the one that’s right for you.

Coronado Beach starts at historic Hotel del Coronado and runs north to a dog-friendly beach.
Coronado Beach starts at historic Hotel del Coronado and runs north to a dog-friendly beach. Photo © Kira Volkov/123rf.

Coronado Beach

Coronado Beach is a long stretch of sand that starts at historic Hotel del Coronado and runs north to a dog-friendly beach. In between are families and couples quietly appreciating its beauty. Routinely listed among the best beaches in the United States, Coronado Beach is what makes this place a dreamy summer destination.

Even during fall and winter months, the beach is protected from both large surf and the atmosphere’s marine layer by the whale-shaped point of Point Loma, visible on the north horizon; so while beaches elsewhere may be overcast and full of rip currents, Coronado should be just about right. Bear in mind that when big waves do hit this beach, it ceases to be an ideal place for less-experienced swimmers.

There are several access points from Ocean Boulevard along the mile-long beach. In front of the Hotel del, you may rent cabanas and order drinks; you’ll find fire rings at the north end, while volleyball courts, bathrooms, and showers are near the main lifeguard tower manning the central beach.

La Jolla Shores

La Jolla Shores offers a wealth of water sports, a playground, more than a mile of gorgeous sand, and a large parking lot that fills quickly in summer. One of the most popular beaches in town, it offers more than a mile of sand where beach lovers can swim, surf, bodyboard, play volleyball, scuba dive, and launch small watercraft. A beachside park and playground round out the family-friendliness of the place, which also has restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and fire rings near a public parking lot. It’s extremely crowded in summer, when small, easy waves and warm water are the norm.

lifeguard tower at the beach in San Diego
Mission Beach in San Diego. Photo © ChReinke/iStock.

Mission Beach

Mission Beach has Belmont Park, a seaside amusement park with a roller coaster and an artificial wave where surfing performances are regularly staged throughout the day. Bikes and skateboards roll past on the boardwalk, giving even older children plenty to see and do.

You can cruise about two miles along Mission Beach Boardwalk and still not run out of beach or boardwalk. Dubbed the “Golden Strand,” it runs from South Mission all the way north to Pacific Beach. That long stretch in the middle? That’s Mission Beach. It’s most commonly identified with the beach in front of Belmont Park, where crowds congregate all summer.

Runners, cyclists, and skaters of every stripe cruise past this beach year-round. The large parking lot by the park is set up with restrooms, showers, picnic tables, volleyball nets, and fire rings, but the whole thing stretches more than a mile, so if you can find street parking along Mission Boulevard north of there, you’ll find relatively uncrowded stretches of beach, which the lifeguards split intermittently into swim and surf zones. You may go where all the action is, or you may choose to settle on an empty spot on the sand and enjoy.

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach (OB) is a popular spot for young adults, who come here regularly to surf, swim, play volleyball, run their dogs, and gather around summer bonfires. This half-mile stretch of sand runs from the OB Pier in the south to the shallow San Diego River bordering the beach’s northern edge. Around the pier are surfers and some saltier souls who earn the place comparisons to Venice Beach.

Move north to find a welcoming stretch of sand with beach volleyball courts and areas designated for swimming and bodyboarding. Beach bonfires (within designated fire rings) are popular on summer nights, and fishing off the pier takes place daily. Parking lots are at the ends of Voltaire Street and Santa Monica Avenue, with showers and restrooms beside each. Lifeguards monitor the beach daily.

ocean meets shore at Pacific Beach in San Diego
A rare quiet day at Pacific Beach. Photo © Ian Anderson.

Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach offers a beach experience with a party atmosphere, with people (mostly young adults, including lots of singles) partying at the edge of the sand. They used to party on the sand until a city beach alcohol ban was put into effect, but the beachfront bars and restaurants ensure that the good times continue, especially south of Crystal Pier. North of the pier tends to be a little quieter, with swimming, surfing, and beach volleyball just a few of the popular activities. Fishing is allowed on the pier itself, and close by you’ll find showers, restrooms, and lifeguards always on duty.


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The Best of Tucson in 3 Days

The following 3-day itinerary is meant to guide you to the very best of Tucson—the essential Old Pueblo experience. You’ll need your own car, a camera, a hat, a comfortable pair of walking shoes, and, of course, water.

front view of San Xavier del Bac church in Tucson
The church of San Xavier del Bac. Photo © Michael A. Barrios.

Day 1

Try to get an early start for sightseeing, especially during the hot months, when you only have a few hours before the weather gets unbearable. If you’re an early riser, I’d suggest heading downtown to the St. Augustine Cathedral before 7am. You can stand across the street and watch as the rising sun lights up the Spanish revival cathedral, and the tall, skinny imported palm trees cast their shaggy shadows against the glowing building. It’s a perfect Southwestern scene.

Then head downtown to the Hotel Congress, have a big breakfast at the Cup Café, and take a look around the historic old hotel.

Hop in the car and head west from downtown into Tucson Mountain Park, stopping to enjoy the view of the desert below at Gates Pass.

Spend a few hours exploring the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, just down the hill.

Next, head back over the Tucson Mountains to downtown and stroll, shop, and eat a late lunch or early dinner on 4th Avenue and nearby Main Gate Square. If you have it in you, barhop around Congress Street, 4th Avenue, and Main Gate Square, taking in a few bands at The Hut and Club Congress along the way.

A cyclist riding in Tucson Mountain Park
A cyclist riding in Tucson Mountain Park. Photo © Tim Hull.

Day 2

Drive to midtown for a filling greasy-spoon breakfast at Frank’s/Francisco’s. On your way back downtown, stop by the Arizona Inn and have a look around the lush grounds.

Then drive to the El Presidio district downtown and explore the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block and Presidio San Agustín del Tucson for a few hours.

For lunch, go to El Charro Café, right near the museum, or to Cafe Poca Cosa, a short walk away, before taking a short drive south on I-19 and checking out San Xavier del Bac.

In the late afternoon, drive into the foothills to Sabino Canyon Recreation Area and take a tram ride up into the canyon or hike one of the trails.

As the sun dips behind the Santa Catalina Mountains, head on over to Grill at Hacienda del Sol for drinks and appetizers (or dinner) on the patio overlooking the city.

people hiking through desert landscape in Sabino Canyon
The Seven Falls Trail is a popular hike in Sabino Canyon. Photo © Tim Hull.

Day 3

Depending on your personal inclinations, tour the Kartchner Caverns near Benson or head north up the Sky Island Highway into the Santa Catalina Mountains. Both trips are scenic and fun and take about two hours of driving time round-trip; it just depends on whether you prefer sweeping mountain views or otherworldly underground sights.

If you’re headed up to the mountains, stop at the Mother Hubbard Café for a big breakfast. If you take a trip to the caverns, stop afterward at the Horseshoe Café in Benson for lunch. Either way you go, you’ll likely get back to town in the late afternoon if you get an early start.

Once back downtown, head to Old Town Artisans to have a few drinks in the lush courtyard and check out the shops. For your final dinner in Tucson, go to Mi Nidito.


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Best Olympic Peninsula Campgrounds

The only time span suitable for camping on the Olympic Peninsula is between Memorial Day and Labor Day—at least for those who want to stay somewhat dry. During this limited window, it’s important to scout out campgrounds far in advance to make sure you can secure a spot. For reservable campgrounds, book a soon as sites become available. For first-come, first-served campsites, go on weekdays if you can or, if you want to stay over a weekend, try to arrive on Thursday. And make sure to have a plan B!

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Mora Campground in Olympic National Park. Public domain photo.

The Kitsap Peninsula and Hood Canal

Staircase Campground: Just one hour north of Olympia, this campsite is surrounded by the ancient old-growth Douglas firs that dominate this side of the peninsula. It has 47 first-come, first-served sites and provides access to a variety of nearby hiking trails. (360/565-3130, $20, year-round)

Hamma Hamma Campground: This shady site is first-come, first-served and situated on the shores of the Hamma Hamma River, about 20 miles from Hoodsport. It’s near the Living Legacy Trail, an interpretive loop that’s wheelchair-friendly for the first quarter mile. (877/444-6777, www.recreation.gov, $14)

Port Angeles and the Northern Peninsula

Fort Worden State Park: Reserve one of the 80 campsites here early—you can do so up to nine months in advance—as this destination is super popular. That’s because this former military fort is conveniently located and full of activities, including tours of the remaining buildings from the original fort. (200 Battery Way, 360/344-4400, www.parks.wa.gov, $14-42)

Dungeness Recreation Area: Located just outside both Sequim and the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, this 64-site campground is located on a bluff above the Strait of Juan de Fuca and has a 1.1-mile trail along the bluff overlooking the strait. Half of the campsites can be reserved online, while the other half are first-come, first-served. (554 Voice of America W., 360/683-5847, $22-25)

Hoh Rain Forest and the Coast

Mora Campground: Close to the Quileute Indian Reservation at La Push, Mora Campground is first-come, first-served and just two miles from Rialto Beach on the Pacific Ocean. It has running water all year long and is a perfect home base for exploring this part of the peninsula. (14 miles west of Forks, 360/565-3130, www.nps.gov/olym, open year-round, $12-25)

Hoh Rain Forest Campground: With 88 first-come, first-served campsites situated in the middle of old-growth forest and alongside the Hoh River, this campground might best epitomize the Olympic Peninsula. From here you have access to several trails that lead around the river and through the forest. (360/374-6925, www.nps.gov/olym, $20)

Twin Harbors State Park: Once a military training ground, this 172-acre beachfront location near Westport now is home to more than 260 campsites of all varieties with access to trails, bird-watching, and other activities. Sites are reservable online up to nine months in advance. (3120 Hwy. 105, $12 primitive tent site, $33-45 premium hookups)


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Meet Marisa Vigilante, Little, Brown’s New Senior Editor!

Little, Brown Spark’s mission is to publish books that spark ideas, feelings, and change. Our authors are experts and thought leaders in the fields of health, lifestyle, psychology, and science. The hope is that LB Spark readers will learn something new, improve their lives, and inspire others around them. And what better way to introduce LB Spark than to welcome our new editor, Marisa Vigilante!

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  1. Tell us about your role at Little, Brown Spark?
    I’m a senior editor at Little, Brown Spark, a new imprint at Little, Brown focused on health, lifestyle, psychology, and science. I’m helping publisher Tracy Behar build up the list and looking for exciting new authors in this space to publish.
  2. What sparked your interest in publishing?
    I’ve always been a big reader, but it wasn’t until I was out in the working world (and not terribly happy at my management consulting job) that it hit me that someone had to actually make the books that I loved reading. Once I started investigating publishing, I was hooked. Could there be a better job than getting paid to read?! Unfortunately, there’s a little more office work involved than I initially thought (that whole pesky business side of the business), but there’s nothing better than getting to work with authors I really admire to help them hone their ideas and bring them out into the world.
  3. What was the book that made you a reader?
    I don’t remember a time before I could read and be devouring books, but the book that really got me into publishing was AND THE BAND PLAYED ON by Randy Shilts. I read this for a senior seminar I took in college and was just blown away by Shilts’s engrossing narrative about the rise of AIDS and our country’s utter indifference to this devastating disease. This book initially led me to pursue public health work and into the health policy world, and later on, helped me transition into publishing.
  4. What was the last book that sparked a change in you? What happened?
    This was several years ago now but is probably my most memorable book-sparking change. I read BORN TO RUN en route to the Outer Banks in North Carolina and was totally taken by the idea that humans were meant to run barefoot. The beach seemed like the perfect place to try this out. I was so hyped up on the book’s evangelical message that I ran double my normal mileage and didn’t bother stretching afterward. Two days later, I could barely walk and realized I’d torn my Achilles tendon. It took months to baby it back to health and I returned to running with shoes, albeit ones with a flexible sole that allow the foot to move more naturally. I still love the general theory here but haven’t attempted any #weekendwarrior feats since.
  5. Which book are you most excited about in 2018?
    I’m really excited for Ingrid Fetell Lee’s JOYFUL, which Little, Brown Spark is publishing in September. I love her focus on our everyday environments and the impact they have on our moods. I’ve found myself #joyspotting everywhere I go now and it’s a real delight to notice these little bursts of happiness.
  6. What is a secret about publishing that nobody knows?
    Everyone in publishing loves TV! (And books too, of course!) When I started publishing, I was surprised by how many editorial meetings turned into discussions about favorite shows. I think most of us in publishing are just voracious media consumers in general and try to have our fingers on the pulse of what’s going on culturally, in addition to just enjoying it like everyone else. I’ll admit that I’m a terrible TV watcher (I have a really limited attention span for it) and it’s something I’m always trying to get better at for both professional and personal reasons.