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Bill Freeman

Bill Freeman

Born in London, Ontario of a school teacher's family, Bill Freeman gained a PhD from McMaster University in Sociology. Hamilton was his home for a number of years, and he has written extensively about the city and its history.

For ten years Bill lived in Montreal and taught at Vanier College. In 1985 he moved to Toronto Island where he still lives with his partner Paulette Pelletier-Kelly. He writes books, plays, videos, and film scripts. He is a former chair of The Writers' Union of Canada.

Bill's latest book is called The New Urban Agenda: The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. It looks at the problems of Canada's largest city and outlines the type of agenda that we need to create a sustainable, affordable, prosperous city. The New Urban Agenda was published by Dundurn in the spring of 2015.

Bill has published nine young adult novels in the "Bains Series" set in in different parts of Canada in the 1870s. The last three were set on the Prairies. He plans to write twelve novels altogether with settings in every part of the country.

Recently Bill self published a detective novel set in Toronto called, Hard Riding, available from all online book outlets. For more details of his books and other works check out his website:

Bill also writes a blog: and is active on Twitter @billfreemanauth 

Toronto, ON


The New Urban Agenda: The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Dundurn, 2015
Hard Riding. Algonquin Educational Productions, 2012
Glory Days: A Play and History of the '46 Stelco Strike. Playwrights Canada Press, 2007
Hamilton: A People's History. James Lorimer & Company, 2001.
Ambush in the Foothills. James Lorimer & Company, 2000.
Sioux Winter. James Lorimer & Company, 1999.
Prairie Fire!. James Lorimer & Company, 1998.
Far From Home: Canadians in the First World War. McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1999.


Nominated, Silver Birch Award for Sioux Winter, 2000.
Award of Merit, Heritage Toronto for Casa Loma: Toronto's Fairy-tale Castle and its Owner, Sir Henry Pellatt, 1999.
Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" list and nominated for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People for Prairie Fire, 1998.
Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature, 1984.
Canada Council Award for Juvenile Literature, 1975.
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