W. P. “Bill” Kinsella was a legendary fiction writer, best known for his award-winning novel Shoeless Joe, which took on a new life as the movie Field of Dreams. The author’s inspirational words, which defined the novel and the film—“If you build it, they will come,” “Go the distance,” and even “Field of dreams”—have taken their place in literature’s lexicon of ideas.
While Kinsella is best known for his baseball fiction, he has a prolific output in many genres. Kinsella is the author of numerous other books, including novels, short fiction collections, poetry, three baseball plays, and several works of non-fiction.
The Thrill of the Grass will be republished as a Penguin Modern Classic. Rosetta Books will soon offer all the baseball books as ebooks. Willie Steele's biography of Kinsella will be published by Douglas & McIntyre in 2018.
Kinsella's last book, Russian Dolls, is one long story with smaller stories inside it; in Vancouver in 1979, a struggling author lives in a rooming house where he meets a woman, whom he believes to be his Muse; his stories begin to sell after she starts telling him dark, dangerously inconsistent stories of her past, including that she has been stalked for years by thugs, but do they exist, or is the enticing, erratic woman simply the better storyteller of the two?