This simple, engaging story opens with Shayne Blank
sitting in a police station, about to give a murder confession. Hautman does a commendable job of
handling tough issues such as bullying, domestic violence, and drug abuse, and he infuses tense
situations with humor. He wraps a slew of social issues into a mystery thriller that holds the reader's
attention all the way through,with a few twists along the way. www.petehautman.com
Related Special Events (all free)
- Book Discussions
- Art Workshops
- Music Contest
- Author Presentations
- Pizza and a movie with Pete
- Gallery Walk
Tuesday April 10 3–4 pm - Port Townsend Library Learning Center (formerly the Pink House)
Thursday April 19 noon–12:35 pm - Port Townsend High School Library
Readers Anonymous book club, everyone welcome.
Taproot Theater Presentation of Don't Tell Jessica …
Thursday April 12 9:40–10:30 am and 11:10 am–noon
Port Townsend High School Auditorium
It all started with a rumor—or was it the truth? In an age when gossip spreads like wildfire, a seemingly harmless message can destroy reputations, friendships, and lives. At Clements High,
homecoming is just around the corner, and the stakes are high as a group of friends discovers the power of emotions and jealousy, especially as they're wielded like weapons in e-mails and social networks.
Wednesdays April 11, 18 & 25 (early release days) 1–3 pm
Fridays April 13, 20 & 27 4–6 pm
Saturday April 28 10 am–2 pm
All art workshops are held at the Library Learning Center (formerly the Pink House), located at the corner of Lawrence and Harrison streets, across from the Port Townsend fire station.
Working with Kimberly Augustine, Margie McDonald, Molly Riverstone, and Janna Marit, you will create art based on Blank Confession. Don't think you're an artist? Work with these people
and amaze yourself! All supplies furnished.
Winner Announced by the Author
Friday May 4, PT High School Assembly
Submission Deadline: April 27
Are you a person who listens to music while you're reading? Now you have a chance to create your own playlist to go along with Blank Confession. Here are the details:
1. Read the book and make notes where you want the songs to be inserted. You can use sticky notes or torn paper, or you can write in the book. It's yours!
2. Download the songs you've selected and burn them to a CD. Write a list of page numbers or scenes from the book that correspond to the songs. Blank CDs are available at the Port Townsend Public Library, Port Townsend High School Library, Jefferson Community School, and The Boiler Room.
3. Turn in your CD and list of book scenes (don't forget to put your name on them) to the PT Library, PT High School Library, Jefferson Community School or The Boiler Room by April 27.
4. Playlists are judged by musicians Ahren Howard, Molly Riverstone, and Janna Marit.
The winner receives an iPod nano and iTunes gift card, and will be interviewed on KPTZ, our local radio station. That means the songs you choose must conform to the Federal
Communications Commission standards for radio broadcast. In other words, check the rating of your songs. Make sure there are no explicit lyrics.
Friday May 4 9:40–10:30 am and 11:10 am–noon Port Townsend High School Auditorium
Pete Hautman's two presentations are open to the general public.
Friday May 4 6–9 pm Grades 8–12
Port Townsend Library Learning Center (formerly the Pink House)
Blank Confession was based on the book Shane by Jack Schaefer, which also
was made into a movie. Nominated for six Academy Awards, the film won "Best
Cinematography" in 1954. "It's the western styled as Arthurian legend, flawlessly
cast, undeniably splendid," reports TV Guide. Eat pizza and watch the movie
with author Pete Hautman and local filmmaker Andrew Burke.
Saturday May 5 Gallery Walk
Teen artwork inspired by Blank Confession joins Gallery Walk, with exhibits
at Undertown Coffee, Jefferson Community School, and The Boiler Room
throughout the month.
Special thanks to all our sponsors: Port Townsend High School Jefferson Community School
Port Townsend Public Library Blue Heron Middle School Special thanks to Phil Andrus, Kimberly Augustine, Sheila Bender, Andrew Burke, Mirandy Cook, Savan Delong, Ben Dow, Kate Garfield, Margie McDonald, Janna Marit, Sarah Muirhead, Kurt Munnich, Anna Nasset, Steve Richards, Molly Riverstone, Mark Welch, Undertown Coffee, The Boiler Room, and Readers Anonymous.
This project funded by a grant from