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Vol. 12, No. 48 Week of December 02, 2007
Providing coverage of Alaska and northern Canada's oil and gas industry

PNA Book Club looks for oil and gas industry experts to participate in Author’s Resource Center

PNA Book Club has changed the number of books its members receive annually from 10 to four, and is looking for oil and gas industry experts to be part of its Author’s Resource Center, the company said in a Nov. 29 press release. (PNA Book Club is owned by Petroleum Newspapers of Alaska, which also owns Petroleum News and its various special publications.)

“A lot of people supported our purpose, which is to educate authors, but were too busy to commit to reading 10 books, and we wanted to make it easy for people to get involved,” book club editor Amy Spittler said, noting that the annual membership price had been reduced from $299 to $120 for U.S. members, and from $360 to $145 per year for Canadian members.

Spittler is looking for industry experts to participate in the book club’s Author’s Resource Center, which will be online within the book club Web site (www.pnabookclub.com) by the end of December.

Participants essentially volunteer to be contacted by e-mail if writers have questions about the oil and gas industry while working on a book.

One section of the Author’s Resource Center will list organizations, including contacts in government agencies, energy companies and oil and gas associations. The other section will list contacts by general subject, such as exploration, production, pipelines and transportation, refining and retail; and more specific topics such as Arctic offshore, deepwater Gulf of Mexico, oil and gas prices, Barents Sea, Cook Inlet, seismic, pipeline construction, etc.

Spittler is in charge of putting the resource center together. She can be reached by e-mail at editor@pnabookclub.com and by telephone at (907) 770-3506.

Spittler said that three out of the four books members receive each year will be fiction.

Why fiction?

The book club’s Web site answers that question this way: “Starting with Bambi, think of the wonderful impact Disney has had on the way people view and treat animals. … Fiction entertains, educates and molds public opinion.”

The club lists its favorite example: “Clive Cussler and his son know very little about seismic which is evident in their … thriller, ‘Treasure of Khan.’ To enhance the plot they used an ‘evil’ seismic wave system that not only produced perfect images of geological strata (dream on), but also was able to induce 7.3 Richter earthquakes!”

Not all books chosen will contain inaccuracies.

“If we find a book that contains largely accurate information about the energy industry, we’ll choose it for the book club. Hopefully, over time, there will be more and more of those.”



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