James FitzGerald


I realized I had to confront the ghosts of my paternal bloodlines.

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Meet James FitzGerald

Educated at Upper Canada College and Queen's University, James FitzGerald spent over 40 years in the fields of journalism and book publishing. His first book, Old Boys: the Powerful Legacy of Upper Canada College, was a controversial inside look at the attitudes and values of English Canada's ruling class families rendered in an oral history format. Revelations of the sexual abuse boys at the school, first published in his book in 1994, sparked the criminal conviction of three former teachers and a successful multi-million dollar class action suit against UCC. His second book, What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son's Quest to Redeem the Past, was a multi-layered exploration of madness and high achievement within his prominent Toronto medical family. In 2010, the book won the Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for three other major literary awards. The last in a thematic trilogy of creative non-fiction, Dreaming Sally is a true story of first love, sudden death and synchronicity set in the summer of 1968. 


1972-1973 | University of Western Ontario, London | Journalism Diploma Program

1968-1972 | Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario | B.A. in English and Psychology

1958-1968 | Upper Canada College, Toronto | Graduated with Honours