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Wintersong Book Launch – Steelworkers Union Hall

Photos from the “Wintersong” book launch in Sudbury, Ontario at the Steelworkers Union Hall on May 7, 2017.

Left to right: Robin Philpot (Baraka Books), Mick Lowe, Oryst Sawchuk (multi-disciplined artist & Nickel Range illustrator)


The Raids, The Insatiable Maw, Wintersong (The Nickel Range Trilogy)
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1978-79 Steelworkers strike subject of Mick Lowe’s new novel –

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Given it’s a part of the city’s recent history, most Sudburians remember Steelworkers Local 6500’s nearly year-long 2009-2010 strike against Vale.

More distant in the community’s collective memory is the arguably even more bitter labour dispute that happened a generation earlier.

Steelworkers Local 6500 went on strike against Vale’s predecessor, Inco, for 10 and a half months from Sept. 15, 1978 until June 7, 1979.

The labour dispute, which involved 11,600 workers, and starved Inco of more than 22 million hours of labour, smashed records at the time for the longest strike in Canadian history.

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The Nickel Range Trilogy goes to Costco

Mick Lowe Book Signing CostcoMick Lowe’s first two books in The Nickel Range Trilogy, The Raids and The Insatiable Maw are now on sale at the Sudbury Costco. Mick will also be signing books at the store on Friday, July 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. People from all points in Northern Ontario who stock up at the Sudbury Costco can now also stock up on great stories by a guy who has spent his life writing them.

The Raids, published in May 2014, tells the story of hard rock miner Jake McCool and the epic inter-union battle fuelled by the Cold War. Based on real historical events, this fast-paced novel is also “a compelling story of political power, love and hatred all rolled into a gritty, hard-hitting novel of the Nickel Range,as former miner and Local 6500 President Dave Patterson described it.

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