W. P. “Bill” Kinsella is a legendary fiction writer, best known for his award-winning novel Shoeless
, 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.