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William Patrick Kinsella

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W.P. Kinsella is a Canadian author most famous for Shoeless Joe (1982), the book that was made into the movie Field of Dreams. He has written several books involving baseball, and also several involving Native North Americans, although he points out he is neither a baseball player nor a Native North American. Among his other baseball books are The Thrill of the Grass (1984), The Iowa Baseball Confederacy (1986), Box Socials (1992) and Butterfly Winter (2011).

He is a member of the magic realist school of novelists, made most famous by Latin American writers such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Many of his baseball books are set in the state of Iowa.

While he came to the public's attention quite quickly due to the Kevin Costner movie, he states: "I beat my head against the walls of North American literature for twenty years to become an overnight sensation".

One source says that he was once a scout for the Atlanta Braves.

Kinsella was awarded the Jack Graney Award in 2011 for the book that was later made into the "Field of Dreams" movie.

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