Ethan Lou is the author of "Once a Bitcoin Miner: Scandal and Turmoil in the Cryptocurrency Wild West," and writes a column in the Financial Post. His earlier book, "Field Notes from a Pandemic," has received national accolades. Lou is a former Reuters reporter and has served as a visiting journalist at the University of British Columbia.
Once a Bitcoin Miner depicts how Ethan had gone to North Korea and met the Ethereum Foundation's Virgil Griffith — the man later arrested for allegedly trying to help the totalitarian state break sanctions through blockchain. Griffith pleaded guilty on Sept 27, and this book grants an exclusive insider's look into those seven nights in Pyongyang. In CoinDesk, there's both an excerpt and Ethan's analysis of the case. There's another excerpt published in the Canadian magazine the Walrus.
Publisher's Weekly calls the book's events a "roller-coaster ride." Camila Russo, author of The Infinite Machine and founder of The Defiant, has called Once a Bitcoin Miner a "highly entertaining read." Erik Voorhees, founder of ShapeShift, has called Ethan's writing "rare quality in crypto journalism." The book will be featured in all the major publications in Canada as well as the Times and the Sun in the United Kingdom.