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I am a freelance writer, editor and author based in Toronto. I spent 10 years working in the book publishing field and 15 years as a journalist with a variety of Canadian newspapers and magazines. 

In October 1994, I published the best-selling oral history, Old Boys: The Powerful Legacy of Upper Canada College (Macfarlane Walter & Ross), a controversial inside look at the attitudes and values of English Canada's ruling class families. Revelations of sexual abuse of boys at the elite school, first published in the book, led to the conviction of three former teachers and a successful multi-million dollar class action suit against UCC. 

Published by Random House Canada in May 2010, my memoir What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son's Quest to Redeem the Past won the 2010 Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize. The article that sparked the book won a National Magazine Award.

Published by Random House Canada in August 2018, my memoir, Dreaming Sally, is a true story of first love, sudden death and synchronicity set in the summer of 1968. The book is the third and last in a thematic trilogy of creative non-fiction.

I was writer-in-residence at the Pierre Berton House in  Dawson City, Yukon, from October through December 2013.

Klondike Sun article: "Berton House was a mind-expanding experience for FitzGerald"

Berton House Blog, November 2013

Berton House Blog, December 2013



James FitzGerald
Journalist and Author
Toronto, Canada