W. P. Kinsella
“Every story is about sex or death, or sometimes both.”
W. P. “Bill” Kinsella is 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. Bill reflects on the origins of Shoeless Joe upon the 25th anniversary of Fields of Dreams.