At last night's illustrious Energy TV Awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Calgary, David Finch was named "most influential author in the oilpatch" for Pumped: Everyone's Guide to the Oilpatch. Fifth House Publisher, Charlene Dobmeier, accepted the award on Finch's behalf as he was unavailable.The Energy TV Awards is a bit of a send-up of the Academy Awards. Those of us who attended donned gowns and tuxes. A be-glittered male character escorted female guests down the patch of red carpet. Dinner was an elegant affair where the wine flowed on and jokes from the podium punctuated conversation at the tables. There was even an after-party at a nearby nightclub.
The entire awards event was filmed and will be broadcast as a one hour television special. Watch the broadcast of the 2008 Energy-TV Awards on: Global TV across Canada on June 28, 2008 from 11 a.m. to noon and on CityTV in Calgary and Edmonton on July 6, 2008 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Recently, Pumped was also shortlisted for an Alberta Publisher's award for best non-fiction book of the year.