Knighton is most recently the author of C’mon
Papa: Dispatches from a Dad in the Dark. When you strap a baby to her blind father
and send them strolling into traffic, the only good to come of
it is a funny and moving book about family, fatherhood and survival.
Knighton is also the author of Cockeyed,
his internationally acclaimed memoir about going blind, growing
up, and getting both wrong. A tragic tale? Enough to have been
short listed for the Stephen Leacock medal for Humour, and to
have been called one of the year's hottest reads by People magazine.
A movie is in the works. Knighton was awarded a fellowship to
the highly competitive Sundance Screenwriter's Lab. There he
developed the screenplay of his memoir. Yes, a blind man writing
movies. The medium's end is near. His adaptation of Cockeyed is
currently in development as a motion picture with Jodie Foster
directing. A feature documentary about Knighton was released
in 2008 called As Slow As Possible. The film chronicles his participation in the
longest, slowest song ever performed. It even features a talking
bear. Check out www.as-slow-as-possible.com.
Knighton has also written numerous comic essays for Esquire,
The New York Times, Salon.com, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus,
Saturday Night, Canadian Living, The Believer, The Sunday Telegraph, and
The Utne Reader, among many others. His journalism has
earned him a National Magazine Award nomination, and often brings
him to the CBC microphones as a commentator on many subjects.
He continues to write stories and screenplays in Vancouver, where
he lives with his wife, daughter and pug. His next book, Nothing To See Here: Around the World
in Four Senses, will collect his travel misadventures, and will educate
his remaining sensorium. Every year he adds another tattoo to his
collection and hopes it comes close to what he imagines. He teaches
stuff at Capilano University and is a popular speaker on the university
and corporate circuits. Or so they tell him.
There's more bio, but we're
too lazy to bother with it. You get the point: he's a blind
guy and an over-achiever. To that we say: wanna really impress?
Colour coordinate something.