WP Kinsella (Novelist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born


William Patrick “W. P.” Kinsella was a Canadian novelist and short story writer, known for his novel Shoeless Joe, which was adapted into the movie Field of Dreams in 1989. His work often concerned baseball, First Nations people, and other Canadian issues.

Born: William Patrick Kinsella, May 25, 1935, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Died: September 16, 2016, Hope, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation: Author
Alma mater: University of Victoria, University of Iowa
Genre: Sports fiction
Subject: Baseball, First Nations
Notable awards: Officer of the Order of Canada, Stephen Leacock Award, Order of British Columbia
IMDb: W. P. Kinsella’s IMDb

About WP Kinsella

Canadian novelist whose 1982 book Shoeless Joe was adapted into the film Field of Dreams in 1989.

Before Fame

He was raised in a homestead near Alberta and was home-schooled by his mother until he was ten.


In 1997 he was struck by a car and suffered a debilitating head injury which prevented him from publishing another novel for 14 years.

Family Life

His parents, Matthew and Olive, were both Irish American.


Kevin Costner starred in the film adaptation of his book Shoeless Joe.

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  • Members of the Order of British Columbia
  • University of Victoria alumni
  • University of Alberta faculty
  • Canadian male short story writers
  • 20th-century Canadian short story writers
  • Iowa Writers’ Workshop alumni
  • 21st-century Canadian short story writers
  • Sportspeople from Edmonton
  • 20th-century Canadian novelists
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Latest information about WP Kinsella updated on September 15, 2020.

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