TYLER KNIGHT discusses his new book BURN MY SHADOW

Burn My Shadow: A Selective Memory of an X-Rated Life  (Rare Bird Books)

Burn My Shadow follows the porn career of Tyler Knight, a black porn star who stars mainly in porn for couples, as he reads Sartre and Miller, jogs daily predawn for miles across different neighborhoods of Los Angeles while documenting sites on his Instagram feed, trains to keep his mind and body in top form, explores the day-to-day relevance of his art history degree, and weaves in and out of the adult industry’s sometimes dark and twisted underbelly.

A star that breaks all stereotypes and barriers, Knight’s story is one of race and sexuality that pushes the boundaries of what is thought of porn and porn stars. Tyler Knight is a one of a kind star, and this is his story.

Praise for Burn My Shadow

"Burn My Shadow is poignant, gritty, and blunt. I'm blown away by how precisely Tyler nails the feeling of shooting in that abandoned hospital location."—Stoya, Former Digital Playground contract star, multiple AVN winner, and resident sex columnist for The Verge

"Burn My Shadow is at once bleak, heartfelt, and funny. Tyler Knight's inside look at the adult film industry has made me not wanna be a porn star."—Jude Angelini, Author of Hyena and co-host of Sirius Satellite Radio's, The All Out Show

"Tyler has one of the craziest life stories I've ever heard—and to top it off, he can really write. It's a rare thing for someone to both have something to say, and be able to say it well, but Tyler does."—Tucker Max, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell and Time magazine candidate for World's Most Influential People, 2009

"A great, but disturbing read!"—Joe Rogan, UFC commentator, Host of NBC's Fear Factor, and The Rogan Experience Podcast

"Tyler Knight’s scalding and eye-opening memoir, Burn My Shadow, may well do for the sex industry what Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle did for meat-packing—with the difference that the author, a porn actor who writes like a cross between Ralph Ellison and Celine, actually packed his own meat. At once a full-frontal meditation on 21st Century American celebrity and an up-close, blow-by-blow of life as the ultimate first person shooter, Burn My Shadow’s real shock is not its Triple X-centric content, but the deep heart, wild-ass humor and fearless humanity of the writing itself. The perfect anecdote to literary memoir fatigue, Burn My Shadow is a truly unique, genre-defying, un-put-downable triumph." —Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight and Old Guy Dad

Tyler Knight is an adult film star who has starred in over 300 films. In 2009 he won the Good For Her Feminist Porn Award, as Heartthrob of the Year. He has been nominated for eighteen AVN awards and has won three. He lives in Los Angeles.

Event date: 
Friday, November 4, 2016 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Burn My Shadow: A Selective Memory of an X-Rated Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942600695
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Published: Rare Bird Books, a Barnacle Book - November 29th, 2016