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.
Rosetta Books now offer all the baseball books as ebooks. The Thrill of the Grass has been republished as a Penguin Modern Classic. Willie Steele's biography of Kinsella, Going the Distance, will be published by Douglas & McIntyre in 2018.
Kinsella's final book, Russian Dolls, is one long story with smaller stories inside it; 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, but are they real or is the enticing woman simply the better storyteller of the two?