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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Author W.P. Kinsella selected as Jack Graney Award winner for his book ‘Shoeless Joe’

Author W.P. Kinsella has won the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Jack Graney Award for his 1982 novel “Shoeless Joe.”
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The Jack Graney Award is given for significant contribution to baseball in Canada through a life’s work or a singular outstanding achievement.

Gamingboy Posted: December 21, 2011 at 11:42 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. UCCF Posted: December 22, 2011 at 12:40 AM (#4021535)
I never would have guessed he was from Canada. I think I always assumed he was an Iowan. (But then, I didn't realize how broad his literary catalog is. He's done a lot more than just baseball writing.)

FWIW, I prefer The Iowa Baseball Confederacy to Shoeless Joe. I lived within spitting distance of the Black Angel in Iowa City for almost 2 years, and loved walking through the graveyard at night thinking about the book.
   2. Random Transaction Generator Posted: December 22, 2011 at 03:21 AM (#4021592)
FWIW, I prefer The Iowa Baseball Confederacy to Shoeless Joe.

I do, too.

That said, I loved "Field of Dreams", and I don't think they could make TIBC into a movie.
   3. UCCF Posted: December 22, 2011 at 03:26 AM (#4021593)
Yeah, it's a little too broad in scope to turn into a movie (though with CGI available, you could probably do justice to the ending).

I didn't really care for "Field of Dreams", though I think it was mostly because I couldn't stop comparing it with the book.
   4. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: December 22, 2011 at 03:29 AM (#4021595)
I never would have guessed he was from Canada.


While not entirely about the sport, baseball featured prominently in his book Box Socials, set in a small town in Western Canada.
   5. Mark S. is bored Posted: December 22, 2011 at 04:03 AM (#4021613)
I didn't really care for "Field of Dreams", though I think it was mostly because I couldn't stop comparing it with the book.


I enjoyed the movie, but it can't touch the book. The only thing I liked better in the movie was the wife. In the book, she was pretty much a cardboard character who's only role was to stand by her man. The movie made her a real character. But pretty much everything else in the book was better.
   6. Eddo Posted: December 22, 2011 at 04:29 AM (#4021623)
I was actually quite disappointed in the book (I am a fan of the film). Usually, I prefer the book versions, though.
   7. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: December 22, 2011 at 05:41 AM (#4021648)
I third the pro-Iowa Baseball Confederacy sentiment. I've read a number of his baseball-related short stories too, which I also enjoyed. Seems like there'd be a market for a complete collection of those.
   8. Squash Posted: December 22, 2011 at 07:35 AM (#4021670)
The movie is simpler and sweeter, which aren't altogether bad things in fiction. It was also made for a decidedly different audience, which makes a big difference as well.

One thing that gets me about these awards: Shoeless Joe was written 30 years ago - and the guy's getting awarded for it now. I've never quite understood these practices, like in the Nobel Prizes where they award a physicist in 2010 for work he did in 1989 (I'm pulling these dates out of a hat). I get you need a historical perspective to figure out what really sticks, but jeez.
   9. smileyy Posted: December 22, 2011 at 07:37 AM (#4021671)
Amy Madigan is an underrated actress.
   10. Swedish Chef Posted: December 22, 2011 at 07:57 AM (#4021672)
I've never quite understood these practices, like in the Nobel Prizes where they award a physicist in 2010 for work he did in 1989 (I'm pulling these dates out of a hat).

Ernst Ruska got a Nobel in 1986 for the electron microscope (1936).
   11. Leroy Kincaid Posted: December 22, 2011 at 12:25 PM (#4021684)
1982? I thought it was written in the 50's.
   12. winnipegwhip Posted: December 22, 2011 at 02:57 PM (#4021760)
1982? I thought it was written in the 50's.


You may have been thinking of The Natural?
   13. Snowboy Posted: December 24, 2011 at 09:23 AM (#4022948)
Did the voters just get hit in the kindles this year? Where have they been, Waiting for Posthumous?

probable except from acceptance speech: "Well, I came up with the idea while in a creative writing seminar in grad school" {strokes white beard}

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