Documentary 'Circus of Books' Earns Emmy Nomination

LOS ANGELES — The documentary “Circus of Books,” directed by Rachel Mason, earned an Emmy Awards nomination this week. Mason and Kathryn Robson are among the contenders for Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program.

The film tells the story of Karen and Barry Mason and their legendary West Hollywood retail outlet, which holds a seminal position in the history of adult entertainment in Los Angeles. The Masons elected to close Circus of Books and retire in early 2019. Rachel Mason revived its legacy with the doc, which toured the festival circuit, and an art exhibition at the Fierman Gallery in New York.

Netflix acquired worldwide rights to the film last spring with Ryan Murphy boarding as executive producer. The film was among the 2020 Dorian Awards nominees for Best LGBTQ Documentary of the Year.

Click here for additional details about the Emmy nod.

Rachel Mason recently spoke to XBIZ about the film’s popularity — “Who knew the whole world cared about gay porn as much as we do?” she exclaimed — her family and the Circus of Books legacy (today, it is the location of Chi Chi LaRue’s Circus, the second West Hollywood location for the boutique retailer).

Click here to read her interview.

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