Oakland Ross is the author of four books, including:
- Guerrilla Beach (Cormorant Books), a collection of short stories set in Latin America that was short-listed for the 1995 Trillium Award for the best book published that year in the Canadian province of Ontario;
- A Fire on the Mountains (Alfred A. Knopf Canada), a memoir of travel in Latin America and Africa;
- The Dark Virgin (HarperCollins Canada), a novel set in Mexico and also published in translation in Spain (Grijalbo) and Italy (Edizione Piemme).
- The Empire of Yearning (HarperCollins Canada), a novel set during the Second Mexican Empire.
Ross was for many years the correspondent in Latin America for The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, during which he was based in Mexico City.
Later, he was the correspondent in Africa for The Globe and Mail, based in Harare, Zimbabwe.
From 2007 to 2009, he was the Middle East correspondent for the Toronto Star, based in Jerusalem. He now lives in Toronto.
Ross has won several Canadian awards, including two National Newspaper Awards (he has been short-listed for this award seven times), a National Magazine Award for fiction, and the Roland Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism.
Ross speaks English and pretty good Spanish. In his spare time, he plays tennis and the violin, although not quite simultaneously.