Catherine Sanders Bodnar: Losing June: Coming of Age at the Foot of St. Helens

Presented by Onion River Press
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
191 Bank Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Join us at Phoenix Books Burlington for an evening with Catherine Sanders Bodnar to celebrate the launch of her debut novel with Onion River Press, Losing June: Coming of Age at the Foot of St. Helens.

This coming-of-age thriller is part ghost story, part magical realism, and part reality. Every character has a secret. With a beautifully picturesque setting, James is tasked with finding his sister and manages to find himself as well. -Terry Persun, author of The Right Thing

In the wild Pacific Northwest, sixteen-year-old introvert James Hart hopes to climb a volcano, maybe meet a girl, and reconnect with his estranged father in Alaska. But the summer takes a dark turn when he finds out that his father has been dead for years. When his 10-year-old sister, June, vanishes from her bunk in the middle of the night, and James pushes himself further than he ever thought he could-or should-to try and get her back. With a heavy conscience, James camps alone on Mount St. Helens in a quest for meaning, a quest that would surely have killed him, but for the ghost wolves.

Set in the foothills of Mount St. Helens in the summer of 1959, Losing June is an enlivening historical fiction that follows James on his dangerous journey from boy to man. Drawing from her own past and knowledge of Portland's criminal history in the 50s, Bodnar has created a story that reveals that life is not always a picturesque postcard. is coming-of-age story-inspired by the author's real-life brother-is entwined with a spiritual mysticism that invites its readers to ponder the questions James seeks to answer.

Former travel editor for GOURMET magazine, travel writer for FOOD & WINE magazine, and freelancer for other nationals, Catherine Bodnar is a retired professor from two Vermont colleges with a Ph.D. in American Literature. This is her first novel. Her family worked at Harmony Falls Lodge the summer of 1959 at Spirit Lake, WA. Catherine lives with her husband John in Vermont with their beloved dogs, birds, and wildlife.

Please note, masks are strongly encouraged but no longer required for vaccinated attendees. We can’t predict the future course of the pandemic, so Phoenix Books reserves the right to institute masking and/or vaccination rules for this event as circumstances dictate.  

DATE:  Tuesday, September 27th at 7:00pm

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington, 191 Bank Street, downtown Burlington

ADMISSION: This event is free and open to the public but advance registration is requested.  Please register below. 

PRE-ORDERS:  Can't make it to the event but still want to purchase a signed, personalized copy of Losing June?  Click HERE.  Copies will be available after the event on September 27th.  If you ordered a book for store pick up, we will contact you as soon as it's ready.  If you ordered a book with shipping, please allow an additional 7-10 days for delivery.