Aitken, Brian. “Baseball as Sacred Doorway in the Writing of W. P. Kinsella.” Aethlon 8 (Fall, 1990): 61-75. Aitken looks at the spiritual aspects of Kinsella’s baseball novels and two of his stories, “Frank Pierce, Iowa” and “K-Mart.” He concludes that Kinsella shows how North Americans can find as much spiritual fulfillment in sports as in formal religion.
Cameron, Elspeth. “Diamonds Are Forever.” Saturday Night 101 (August, 1986): 45-47. Cameron shows how most of Kinsella’s fiction centers on adolescent males who, unencumbered by women, pursue quests as if they were knights errant.
Horvath, Brooke K., and William J. Palmer. “Three On: An Interview with David Carkeet, Mark Harris, and W. P. Kinsella.” Modern Fiction Studies 33 (Spring, 1987): 183-194. Kinsella explains how he came to write about baseball and his attitude toward literary criticism.
Kinsella, W. P. “Interview.” Short Story, n.s. 1 (Fall, 1993): 81-88. Kinsella discusses baseball as the chess of sports and why it serves him so well in his fiction. Talks about the transformation of the book Shoeless Joe into the film Field of Dreams. Discusses those contemporary short-story writers he likes best, his own collections of short stories, and what he thinks the future of short fiction will be.
Kinsella, W. P. “W. P. Kinsella, the Super-Natural.” Interview by Sheldon Sunness. Sport 77 (July, 1986): 74. Kinsella discusses his fondness for baseball, his disdain for Canada’s native game of hockey, and his wish to be a major league baseball player in another life.
McGimpsey, David. Imagining Baseball: America’s Pastime and Popular Culture. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000. A solid chapter on Shoeless Joe, Field of Dreams, and The Iowa Baseball Confederacy. Rich source of reference to other writers’ work on Kinsella.
Murray, Don. The Fiction of W. P. Kinsella: Tall Tales in Various Voices. Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada: York Press, 1987. This brief but excellent study provides an overview of Kinsella’s fiction, placing emphasis on the short stories. Murray includes three interviews with Kinsella, a bibliography, and an index.
Murray, Don. “A Note on W. P. Kinsella’s Humor.” The International Fiction Review 14, no. 2 (1987): 98-100. Humor is the basic ingredient in Kinsella’s fiction, according to Murray. He argues that anarchy is justified and funny in Kinsella’s works.
Westbrook, Deeanne. Ground Rules: Baseball and Myth. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1966. An outstanding treatment of Shoeless Joe and The Iowa Baseball Confederacy against a background of the relationship of baseball fiction to myth.