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Bryan Denson
Worked at The Oregonian/oregonlive.com
Attended University of Maryland Baltimore County
Lives in Portland, Oregon
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Amazon Kindle put The Spy's Son on special on August 31, 2016, and it shot to No. 1 in the true crime/espionage section and finished the day ranked 264th among more than 1 million titles. I don't know how long the promotion will last, but the book can be purchased today for $1.99 (that's $14 off the suggested retail price). You can find it here:

https://www.amazon.com/Spys-Son-Highest-Ranking-Convicted-Espionage-ebook/dp/B00PSSG2ZQ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1472768455&sr=1-1#nav-subnav
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How many people DO judge a book by its cover? And how quickly can we assemble a team of authors to run them out of town? http://www.bryandenson.com/blog/
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The Spy's Son was featured this week on Readara, the cool new website that publicizes nonfiction books of note. You can find my interview with host Manish Sha right here: http://www.readara.com/interview/bryan-denson-1/30847
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My girlfriend and I drank too much wine at a charity auction in early 2015 and won a guided trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. On Thursday, I took a twelve-mile training trek in Portland, Oregon. It was sunny and 77 degrees and relatively dry. But I failed to eat anything before jogging down to the Willamette River and hiking to the highest point in the city, Council Crest. When I got to the top, I thought perhaps I was hallucinating. Because there, right in front of me, was a sight so surreal I began to doubt my own eyes and ears. The reveal is here:

http://www.bryandenson.com/blog/2016/7/1/a-view-from-the-top-of-portland-with-mood-music
My girlfriend and I drank too much wine at a charity auction in early 2015 and won a guided trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. I was 60 pounds overweight and knew I’d have to diet like a fiend and start, you know, getting the hell out of my writing room and moving my fat ass around if I didn’t want to die on the tallest free-standing mountain on the planet. On Thursday, I took a twelve-mile training trek in Portland, Oregon. It w...
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We're learning more about the mysterious letters purportedly mailed in official U.S. Bureau of Prisons by the Unabomber. One thing's for sure, I wasn't the only journalist to receive a form letter from Theodore Kaczynski. This post has been updated.
A letter came in the mail yesterday afternoon in an envelope marked U.S. PENITENTIARY MAX. It was addressed to me from federal inmate No. 04475-046, Theodore John Kaczynski. You know, the Unabomber. Those of you following this blog will note that I received a similar letter , purportedly from Kaczynski, just last month.
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Something to tweet about: Woodpecker torments writer in home office!
A bird has turned my writing life into a sit-com. I write for a living out of a condo with wooden siding on the southwestern fringe of Portland, Oregon, a bucolic, normally quiet spot next to what might be described as a thickly wooded park. A wooded park overrun with woodpeckers, as it happens.
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There were times I wanted to kick my son out of the nest with a steel-toed boot and show him to the nearest taxi stand. Now he's heading off to college, turning this single dad into an empty nester. Now I'm getting nostalgic: http://www.bryandenson.com/blog/2016/6/8/the-story-of-the-ants
My son turned 18 this week and graduates from high school on Saturday. I ought to be overjoyed, hoisting strong drink, cheering the accomplishment, buying rounds for the house as I brag on my kid. Instead I’ve pushed through the double doors of nostalgia, where I’m on a first-name basis with the maître d. There I think of the ants. It is my favorite story, the one I tell perfect strangers about my son, Holden. The one that tells...
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The Spy's Son was featured on the cool new Readara website this week, along with an interview with its author. Find it here: http://www.readara.com/interview/bryan-denson-1/30847
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The Spy's Son was featured this week on Readara, the cool new website that publicizes nonfiction books of note. You can find my interview with host Manish Sha right here: 
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My son went from Huggies to the final hours of high school in a heartbeat. When people ask me about him, I tell The Story of the Ants:

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My cure for what some call "writer's block." A few moments with James Dickey (and there's even a video).
When I’m stuck and scared, when I cannot summon the right words, or even the distant cousins of the nearly right words, or the memories of the words I thought I heard rattling around in my head just a few moments ago (even just a few of them), I often turn to the one soul who consistently reminds me how to find my voice again. No, God, not you this time.
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Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber, sends letter to my home mailbox. No bomb techs were harmed in the making of this blog post: http://www.bryandenson.com/blog/
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Veteran journalist, author of The Spy's Son
Introduction
I grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, ran track and cross country at UMBC, finished 19th in the 1981 Maryland Marathon, and have made a living (since 1982) slinging words and poking into other folks' business in four states. I've been a staff writer at newspapers in Maryland (Frederick News-Post) , Pennsylvania (York Daily Record), Texas (The Houston Post), and Oregon (The Oregonian/OregonLive). I left the daily news business on the last day of December 2015 to become a full-time author and magazine writer.
Education
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
    Visual and Performing Arts (Film-Video), 1981
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Occupation
Author and Journalist
Skills
Investigative reporting, long-form narrative writing, going bald gracefully.
Employment
  • The Oregonian/oregonlive.com
    Federal beat/investigations, 1995 - 2015
    In my 20 years at The Oregonian/OregonLive, I covered federal courts, prisons, regional news, the environment and -- for a glorious 10-year stretch -- a beat called The Fringe. My playground was the Pacific Northwest, where I wrote stories about folks in the deepest margins of society, including outlaw bikers, eco-terrorists, neo-Nazis, militias, nudists, UFO abductees, extreme Second Amendment activists, diamond thieves, drug runners and the corner-cutting captains of industry.
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