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FOR A MUSE OF FIRE, Heidi Heilig with Ellen Oh featuring Musical Theater Karaoke

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 6:30pm

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East City Bookshop is excited to host the book launch for Heidi Heilig's new fantasy epic FOR A MUSE OF FIRE in collaboration with One More Page Books & More

Join us for a conversation with Heidi and Ellen Oh about revolution and heroines who don't play by the rules.

 A book signing will follow and, in a nod to Heidi's performing arts background, MUSICAL THEATER KARAOKE where all songs must be from musicals inspired by books! 

Come for the book discussion, come for karaoke, or come for both! There will be snacks, fun and silliness.

Teachers who would like to bring student groups, please email us ( and we will make sure to save seats especially for you! 

A young woman with a dangerous power she barely understands. A smuggler with secrets of his own. A country torn between a merciless colonial army, a terrifying tyrant, and a feared rebel leader.

The first book in a new trilogy from the acclaimed Heidi Heilig blends traditional storytelling with ephemera for a lush, page-turning tale of escape and rebellion. For a Muse of Fire will captivate fans of Sabaa Tahir, Leigh Bardugo, and Renée Ahdieh.

Jetta's family is famed as the most talented troupe of shadow players in the land. With Jetta behind the scrim, their puppets seem to move without string or stick--a trade secret, they say. In truth, Jetta can see the souls of the recently departed and bind them to the puppets with her blood.

But ever since the colonizing army conquered their country, the old ways are forbidden, so Jetta must never show, never tell. Her skill and fame are her family's way to earn a spot aboard the royal ship to Aquitan, where shadow plays are the latest rage, and where rumor has it the Mad Emperor has a spring that cures his ills--and could cure Jetta's, too. Because seeing spirits is not the only thing that plagues her.

But as rebellion seethes and as Jetta meets a young smuggler, she will face truths and decisions that she never imagined--and safety will never seem so far away.

Heidi Heilig creates a vivid, rich world inspired by Asian cultures and French colonialism. Her characters are equally complex and nuanced, including the bipolar heroine. Told from Jetta's first-person point-of-view, as well as with chapters written as play scripts and ephemera such as telegrams and letters, For a Muse of Fire is an engrossing journey that weaves magic, simmering romance, and the deep bonds of family with the high stakes of epic adventure.

Heidi Heilig holds an MFA from New York University in Musical Theatre Writing, of all things, and she’s written books and lyrics for shows including The Time Travelers ConventionUnder Construction, and The Hole. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, her son, and their pet snake. They do not own a cat.

Ellen Oh is the president and founder of We Need Diverse Books and the author of the Prophecy trilogy (ProphecyWarrior, and King) for young adults. The Spirit Hunters series is her first for middle grade readers. Originally from New York City, Ellen lives in Bethesda, MD, with her husband, two daughters, and son and has yet to satisfy her quest for a decent bagel. You can visit her online at

For a Muse of Fire Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062380814
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - September 25th, 2018