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Census Comedy to be Voiced by Portland Actor

Senseless Confidential, a fun book to read

A fun book to read


Press contact: Marty at Dinkus Books (phone number available upon request);

Census Comedy to be Voiced by Portland Actor

Audiobook release of Senseless Confidential, “an absurdist romp through the Oregon Cascades,” to be recorded by film, stage, and voice actor Brian Allard

Clackamas, Oregon – February 1, 2013 — “A job with the U.S. Census Bureau might not seem like the stuff of comedy,” says Martin Bannon, author of the comedic crime caper Senseless Confidential. “But when you take a reluctant minion of a government bureaucracy and send him into the heart of the Oregon Cascades, where folks are living off the grid for a reason, it’s going to lead either to comedy or tragedy.”

Bannon’s publishing imprint, Dinkus Books, has announced that it has found a voice for the novel’s main character, Nick Prince, in the person of Portland actor Brian Allard. Allard was recently seen on the big screen in Portland at three local screenings of “The Falls,” a film written and directed by Northwest filmmaker Jon Garcia. Allard also stars in Portland director Andy Mingo’s adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s short story “Romance,” now in early screenings.

In addition to his film and voice roles, Allard is also the artistic director at Portland’s Original Practice Shakespeare Festival, which will begin its run of Macbeth at Portland’s Post 5 Theater in February. Allard will be appearing onstage in the title role.

“I consider Brian to be an ideal choice to voice Nick Prince,” says Bannon. “And he’s more than capable of providing all the other necessary voices as well. I couldn’t be happier to collaborate with such an awesome talent.”

Bannon, who spent over a decade working for the U.S. Census Bureau, first released Senseless Confidential (300 pages, $14.99 in print, $2.99 ebook; ISBN-13: 978-0615639574) last August. It’s a tale that is part send-up of government bureaucracy, part wild ride through the backwoods of local Oregon communities. Much of the book’s action takes place at a fictional polygamist compound in the real-life community of Elwood, just south of Estacada.

The offbeat comedic caper, which calls itself  “an absurdist romp through the Oregon Cascades,” has been generating a steady buzz locally, where Bannon has given readings throughout the fall and summer. Reviews have been unanimous in their praise of the story, which balances a touching personal journey with hysterical situations and observations by Nick. The Portland Book Review’s four-star review of the novel calls it “a story that is funny, adventurous and strangely believable… told in a style reminiscent of Bill Bryson’s writings.” The reviewer concludes, “This book can be enjoyed as a light summer read or contemplated for what we can learn about our community and ourselves.”

“It’s hysterical,” enthuses Laura Peterson, a longtime Brightwood area resident who loved the book so much she bought copies for all her friends. “It’s so real,” she says. “I know people like [the narrator] describes. The dialogue is just how people talk [up here]. It’s a super fun read.

Dan Bosserman, editor of the East County Gazette (Clackamas County), agrees. “A damn good read!” he says.

Bannon has been invited to read at the monthly Authors in Pubs event at the Jack London Bar, located beneath the Rialto Pool Room at SW 4th and Alder in Portland on February 4, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., and will be interviewed on Portland’s Anarchy Radio on Thursday, February 7, at 8 p.m. He will also be a featured artist at the Artist Edge Salon in Sandy on Sunday, March 31.

When asked how much of the story stems from his own work for the Census Bureau, Bannon declines to say. “Title 13 [of the U.S. Code] prohibits me from revealing that,” he quips. Title 13’s very real confidentiality requirement is at the heart of Nick’s troubles in the story. There is a fine of up to $250,000 stipulated, and imprisonment up to five years for revealing the personal information of Census respondents.

Bannon, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, spent seven years as a writer and editor for magazine-publishing giants Ziff Davis (publishers of PC Magazine) and IDG (publishers of MacWorld and PC World) before becoming a freelance writer and editor when he moved to Damascus in 1998. There he became a regular contributor to the now-defunct Damascus-Boring Observer. Senseless Confidential is his third novel, although it is the first one published under the name Martin Bannon.

Links to online sales of the book, in print and ebook formats, may be found at the author’s website (, Senseless Confidential is also available on as a print book and Kindle e-book, and available in select local bookstores, including Wyeast Bookshoppe in Welches; and Broadway Books, St. Johns Booksellers, and Wallace Books in Portland, as well as Sunriver Books in Sunriver, and at Bob’s Beach Books in Lincoln City. It  can also be ordered from most other booksellers upon request, including Powell’

Press contact: Marty at Dinkus Books (phone number available upon request);

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