W. P. Kinsella is the author of the novel Shoeless Joe, the book that became the basis for one of the best baseball movies ever made, Field of Dreams.
William Patrick "Bill" Kinsella was born on May 25, 1935, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Kinsella is a graduate of the University of Victoria and the University of Iowa, kind of anamazing fact since he didn't attend formal schooling until the 5th grade and didn't go to college until he was in his mid 30's.
Before becoming a professional writer W.P.Kinsella was a college professor at The University of Calgary.
Kinsella first published novel was Dance Me Outside in 1977, a collection of short stories.
Besides Shoeless Joe, Kinsella has authored other books on baseball, including The Iowa Baseball Confederacy, Shoeless Joe Jackson comes to Iowa, The Thrill of the Grass, and The Further Adventures of Slugger McBatt.
For all his baseball themed books, go to this page.
There's a part in Field of Dreams, where author Terrence Mann explains why "...people will come Ray..."
The speech is my favorite part of the movie.
This year a new book, The Essential Kinsella, was published, and it's going to be on my must read list this baseball season.
W.P. Kinsella currently lives in British Columbia.
Happy Baseball Birthday #80 W.P. "Bill" Kinsella!