A Johnstown native will share her passion for storytelling and writing at a talk hosted by Bottle Works.

Kathleen George, author of “The Johnstown Girls” will have a book talk “The Writing Life” and signing from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Black Box in the Tulip Building, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johns-town.

“The Johnstown Girls,” which was published in 2014, tells the story of Ellen Emerson, who may be the last living survivor of the 1889 Johnstown Flood. 

Two newspaper reporters set out to interview the 104-year-old for a feature story on the flood. 

They learn from Emerson that she had a twin sister who she believes is still alive. 

With that knowledge, they set out to find the lost twin and reunite the sisters.

The story is one of perseverance, hard work and never giving up hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. 

 George said “The Johnstown Girls” is fiction but with a lot of fact that was obtained through research.

“It took me 25 years to write because it was an early impulse and I wrote eight or nine other books along the way,” she said.

“I enjoyed it and I love talking to audiences of readers.”

At the event, George will discuss writing the book and her current projects.

“At the talk, I thought I would be informative about what it’s like to be a writer, obsessed with stories, making a schedule and persisting in writing even when you have no idea how it will turn out,” she said.

George, a resident of Pittsburgh, is a professor of theater and writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

She also is the author of “Taken,” “Fallen,” “Afterimage,” “The Odds,” “Hideout,” “Simple” and “A Measure of Blood.” The books are part of her procedural thrillers set in Pittsburgh.

 Brittany Blackham, the healing arts coordinator at Bottle Works, said they value any opportunity to showcase local artists and encourage the celebration of their efforts.

“Our author and artist talks are a great way to gain deeper insight into any craft or medium, and to cultivate unique perspective in our area,” she said.

For more information on George, visit www.KathleenGeorge.com.

Any authors interested in participating in a reading can call 535-2020.

Kelly Urban is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.

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