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ECW Press Fall 2021 Trade

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Once a Bitcoin Miner
Scandal and Turmoil in the Cryptocurrency Wild West
By (author): Ethan Lou
9781770415393 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Bitcoin & Cryptocurrencies Toronto Oct 19, 2021
$22.95 CAD
Forthcoming 5.5 x 8.5 in 240 pages ECW Press

A true story. Fast-paced. Immersive. The definitive parable of everything Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and blockchain.

There is the Bitcoin story of the headlines, but there is a more important one behind them: tangled plots sprawling like roots deep underground, entire worlds in which we are just passersby. In Once a Bitcoin Miner, journalist and author Ethan Lou takes readers on a richly told first-person narrative through the proverbial cryptocurrency Wild West. From investing in Bitcoin in university to his time writing for Reuters, and then mining the digital asset ? Lou meets the likes of the late Gerald Cotten (of QuadrigaCX) and a co-founder of Ethereum, and hangs out in North Korea with Virgil Griffith, the man later arrested for allegedly teaching blockchain to the totalitarian state.

Coming of age in the 2008 financial crisis, Lou’s generation has a natural affinity with this rebel internet money, this so-called millennial gold, created in the wake of that economic storm. At once a personal story of adventure and fortune, this book is also a work of journalistic rigor, a deep dive into this domain that everyone hears about, yet which nobody truly knows, into the lives of the fast-talkers, the exiles, the ambitious, and the daring, forging their paths in a new world harsh and unpredictable.

Short Description

Part autobiography and part investigation, the book describes the wackiness, the fraudulence, and the cycle of Bitcoin boom and bust and boom. We begin with scandal and conflict in Canada’s cryptocurrency Wild West and spiral outward.

Sales and Market Bullets

  • Once a Bitcoin Miner is a narrative for a general readership. It immerses outsiders in the cryptocurrency world but is light on technical discussion, and any tech explanations are woven into the storyline.

  • Lou has written for the Guardian, the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, the South China Morning Post, The Walrus, and the Washington Post. He has served as a visiting journalist at the University of British Columbia.

  • Offers an intimate look around some of the major events of this space: the founding of Ethereum, whose coin Ether is the second-biggest cryptocurrency; the death of Gerald Cotten and the collapse of his QuadrigaCX platform; and the arrest of Virgil Griffith in the United States following his North Korea trip. Griffith’s trial starts September 2021.

  • Once a Bitcoin Miner is an investigative piece about bitcoin, but it’s also a narrative. Ethan, through his own story of bitcoin to bust, looks to illustrate big picture regulatory and policy dysfunction in the cryptocurrency world.

  • Bitcoin is back in the news cycle on a daily basis, especially with Tesla purchasing 1.5 billion dollars’ worth of the cryptocurrency in February 2021.

  • Virgil Griffith was arrested by the FBI following his North Korea trip in April 2019, and his trial is set to begin in September 2021 and surely will be covered extensively in the news media.

  • Ethan Lou was born in Harbin, China and speaks Mandarin. He grew up in Wuppertal, Germany.


  • People investing in cryptocurrency or the crypto-curious

  • Readers of immersive personal accounts into worlds everyday people do not see such as The Dogs Are Eating Them Now (Knopf Canada, 2013), The Hillbilly Elegy (Harper, 2016)

  • People interested in the Dark Web

  • Fans of investigative journalism

Ethan Lou’s Field Notes from a Pandemic was named among the CBC’s best nonfiction of 2020. Lou has written in publications such as the Guardian and the Washington Post. He is a former Reuters reporter and has served as a visiting journalist at the University of British Columbia. Lou first bought Bitcoin in 2013. He lives in Toronto.

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