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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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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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Sudbury’s union war – book review by Ron Verzuh

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News reporter turned novelist Mick Lowe has produced the first of a promised trilogy of labour history novels set in Northern Ontario that might be closer to truth than to fiction.

As a long-time reporter in the union town of Sudbury, Ont., the Nebraska-born Lowe got close to the local labour movement and the union that represented thousands of mine workers at the giant nickel mines in the region.

That relationship and careful readings of a book co-written by once local union president Mike Solski that Lowe calls his bible, provided a mother lode of information from which to create his main character Jake McCool, a young miner.

Ron Verzuh
Canadian writer, historian, photographer and videographer

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