Elizabeth Farnsworth Launches Her New Novel "Last Light"


Join us at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore on Wednesday, May 1st, 7pm when local Berkeley author and documentary filmmaker ELIZABETH FARNSWORTH comes to the store to read from, discuss, and sign copies of her new book Last Light. Elizabeth will be joined in conversation by MARION ABBOTT.

This is a free event, but you must register on Eventbrite or in the store to ensure seating. Click Here to preorder a copy of Last Light.


The year is 1943. Victorious in North Africa, the Allies send thousands of German prisoners of war to the United States. Severely injured or ill POWS will be treated in U.S. Army hospitals. On a hot day in August, a young newspaper reporter rides her horse to the Buffalo Ridge Army Hospital just west of Topeka, Kansas. Carrying an aura of mystery, Isabelle Graham speaks German with a Viennese accent. She is soon hired to interpret for an amnesiac prisoner who claims to be a corporal but behaves more like a high officer. Isabelle must discover his identity. Her quest will end in bloody violence with consequences not only for her and the prisoner, but also for many others in the far-away conflagration of war.

ELIZABETH FARNSWORTH author, documentary filmmaker, and former chief correspondent of the PBS NewsHour, has written for publications ranging from The Nation Magazine to Foreign Policy. Her memoir, A Train Through Time: A Life, Real and Imagined, was published in 2017. As a print reporter and for television, she has covered crises around the world. Farnsworth serves on the advisory board of the Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law, and the advisory committee of the World Affairs Council of Northern California. She lives in Berkeley, California.

After beginning her career in trade book publishing, MARION ABBOTT co-founded and co-owned Mrs. Dalloway’s (with Ann Leyhe) from 2004-2021. Her short stories, essays, and book reviews have appeared in anthologies, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, and Lithub. She now works as a freelance editor and is writing a book about her years as an indie bookseller.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on May 1st.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Last Light By Elizabeth Farnsworth Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953583840
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Flint Hills Publishing - March 12th, 2024