About Mick

Illustration by Oryst Sawchuk

Mick Lowe was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He has lived in Sudbury, Ontario since 1974 after immigrating to Canada from the United States in 1970. Mick’s journalism has appeared in a range of publications such as Maclean’sCanadian BusinessCanadian Lawyer, the Globe and Mail and on CBC Radio.

He followed his first non-fiction book, “Conspiracy of Brothers,” which was a national bestseller and winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best NonFiction Crime Book, with a biography of prisoner rights advocate Claire Culhane, “One Woman Army: The Life of Claire Culhane,” and then a book on the rush to exploit the Voisey’s Bay nickel deposit, “Premature Bonanza: Standoff at Voisey’s Bay.”

In 2008, he suffered a stroke that interrupted his writing life, among other things. In early 2012, he reignited his career with a 25th anniversary re-release of “Conspiracy of Brothers.”

Soon after, Mick began a new chapter: writing a fictional series about Sudbury’s mining history called the Nickel Range Trilogy.

The first book in the series, “The Raids,” is set in 1963, during a particularly violent time in Sudbury’s history: the Steelworkers’ raids on the then-powerful Mine Mill union.

The second book, “The Insatiable Maw,” is set in 1968, and is about health and safety concerns associated with the Copper Cliff Smelter.

The 1978-1979 Steelworkers strike is the subject of Mick’s latest novel, “Wintersong.” It’s the third and final volume in the Nickel Range Trilogy fiction series, and will be available for purchase on June 1, 2017.