Phil Taylor interview’s Mick Lowe on The Insatiable Maw, Vol. 2 of the Nickel Range Trilogy.
In the interview, Mick explains the title, The Insatiable Maw: He borrowed it from the late lawyer, politician, man about town, Elmer Sopha, who referred to the miners’ singular purpose being to feed the insatiable maw of the copper cliffs smelter.
The Insatiable Maw is set in the Copper Cliff smelter complex. The protagonist, Jake McCool, fights for health and safety in the mines.
The third volume of The Nickel Range Trilogy will be longer and will depict the titanic battle between labor and capital during the 1978-79 strike.
Lowe emphasizes we must tell the story of labor struggles so the struggles and the labor heroes are not lost in the past.
The book is set in 1963, during a particularly violent time in Sudbury’s history — the Steelworkers’ raids on the then-powerful Mine Mill union.
Later this month, Lowe will publish The Insatiable Maw, the second in The Nickel Range Trilogy series, which focuses on Sudbury’s mining history. The book features original illustrations and cover art by Sudbury’s Oryst Sawchuk.
“The Insatiable Maw,” The Nickel Range Trilogy, Vol. 2 by Mick Lowe will be launched in Sudbury on Sunday, May 24 at 2 pm at the United Steelworkers’ Hall, Local 6500, 66 Brady Street.
After the success and interest sparked by “The Raids,” Mick Lowe now tells the intriguing story of how steel workers and the community fought against the huge corporations and collusion at Queen’s Park to literally change the landscape of Sudbury and the entire Nickel Range. If the infamous lunar landscape is slowly fading into the past, it’s because of that epic battle.
Mick tells the tale through the lives of the characters met in “The Raids.” They include Jake McCool and his girlfriend Jo Ann Winters, reporter Foley Gilpin, who files stories for the Globe and Mail, and whole new cast of characters.
Original illustrations by Sudbury artist Oryst Sawchuk add impetus to this powerful story. Oryst also did the cover art.
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