W.P. Kinsella’s writing has had a significant impact on the North American literary landscape. His talent and dedication to his writing have allowed him to remain one of the most successful and prolific writers in Canada. In the past 25 years, he has published more than 30 novels and collections of short stories, hundreds of articles and reviews, poems, stage and screen plays.
Mr. Kinsella’s work has been translated into several languages, and several of his works have been made into movies and television series. The most famous of these is his book Shoeless Joe, upon which the movie Field of Dreams was made, garnering three Academy Award nominations.
Throughout his career, Mr. Kinsella has continued to inspire and encourage emerging writers. His entertaining work is also taught in remedial reading programs and prison Adult Literacy programs. He has been honoured by the creation of the W.P. Kinsella Scholarship in Fiction Writing at the University of Victoria, where he was one of the first graduates of the Creative Writing Program.
Mr. Kinsella has received three honourary doctorates, and awards such as the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship, the Vancouver Award, the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the Order of Canada.