W.P. Kinsella

W.P. Kinsella may be an internationally recognized figure since the translation of his work into such films as Field of Dreams, Dance Me Outside, and Lieberman in Love, but his compelling insight and dazzling wit have been delighting Canadian readers for years. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, and currently residing in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Kinsella has published such classics as Dance Me Outside, Shoeless Joe, Born Indian, and The Fencepost Chronicles. His work has been recognized with the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship, the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, the Canadian Authors Association Prize for Fiction, the Order of Canada, and the Periodical Marketers Award. The enduring popularity of both the light-hearted and the thoughtful aspects of his writing confirms Kinsella's position as one of Canada's most renowned and beloved authors.








short fiction

200 pages/trade paper

Available in the US
World Rights Available

The Secret of the Northern Lights

ISBN: 978-1-895449-85-3

The Secret of the Northern Lights continues the chronicle which has delighted thousands and outraged a select few since Silas Ermineskin first appropriated the English language in 1977 with Dance Me Outside. Silas shares the inside information learned as part of his apprenticeship to Mad Etta, medicine woman on the Ermineskin reserve. When he heads out on the road with “Brother” Frank Fencepost, the Trickster incarnate, the reader joins Silas on a slapstick First Nations tour through the follies of our culture. Humour, as always, is the leveler in these twelve new Hobbema stories. While nothing is taken too seriously, serious, even tragic, things do happen and sacred things are accomplished.


Clemence, Verne. “Fiction, pure and simple.” Western People . May 21, 1998. 14.
Clemence, Verne. “Serious issues probed by Kinsella's Indians.” Saskatoon StarPhoenix . March 28, 1998.
Kenney, Trevor. “In a league of his own.” Lethbridge Herald . April 2, 1998. B1.
Osborne, Catherine. Quill & Quire Quotables (April 9, 1998).
Rankin, Bill. “Kinsella tackles risky subjects gracefully”. Edmonton Journal . June 14, 1998
Fertile, Candace. “Kinsella at bat: he swings, he misses”. Vancouver Sun. May 23, 1998


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