Heather Allen

100-MILE BOOK CLUB: Origins of an odd instrument

Book reviewer Heather Allen takes an in-depth look at the origins of the theremin and the instrument's creator.

100-MILE BOOK CLUB: Dispatches from the Front

Heather Allen explores the story of Matthew Halton, Canada's voice at war.

ARMCHAIR BOOKCLUB: Living next to an energy giant

Western News book columnist Heather Allen explores a novel about a family struggling to live next to a processing plant.

100-MILE BOOK CLUB: Books tune in to love for piano

Heather Allen takes a look at some of her favourite books involving an instrument she associates with fall, the piano.

ARMCHAIR BOOK CLUB: Trio of books perfect for light reading

Many parents agree that with school starting late this year, the transition to weightier fall reading just hasn’t happened.

100-MILE BOOK CLUB: Kamloops author comes through again

Penticton Western News books columnist Heather Allen looks at the success of Kamloops author Richard Wagamese.

Frog Music an intriguing read

Imagine living in a San Francisco slum during a heat wave in the 1870s.

ARMCHAIR BOOK CLUB: Summer reading with the kids

Popular miniseries for pre-teens called The Mother Daughter Book Club translates into good summer reading for kids and adults.

ARMCHAIR BOOK CLUB: Lovable characters give Jonasson life

The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden takes many hilarious twists and turns.

ARMCHAIR BOOK CLUB: Author pens operatic drama

With Vienna Nocturne, Canadian author Vivien Shotwell imagines the voice of a famous opera singer from the 1700s.

Penticton author chronicles challenges of caring for a paralyzed loved one

Review of Penticton author Cabrini Babakaiff’s new book, Curve Balls: Rolling with the Punches.

ARMCHAIR BOOK CLUB: Author makes readers work in Boy, Snow, Bird

Like Helen Oyeyemi's approach to storytelling, my response to the book was more nuanced and complicated.

ARMCHAIR BOOK CLUB: Road Ends is a powerful book on following dreams

Author Mary Lawson conjures the Canadian landscape as clearly as the best Canadian writers in Road Ends.

ARMCHAIR BOOK CLUB: The Invention of Wings a gripping story

Readers most likely remember Sue Monk Kidd as the author of The Secret Life of Bees.

ARMCHAIR BOOK CLUB: Arts awards reveal range of literary talents

I was pleasantly surprised when presented with several talented nominees to consider for the Penticton and District Arts Awards.

ARMCHAIR BOOK CLUB: Horrible Histories weird, woeful and oddly comedic

My kids’ eclectic historical knowledge is all thanks to an oddly comic and sometimes disgusting British book series, Horrible Histories.

ARMCHAIR BOOK CLUB: Bobby Orr scores with My Story

Penticton book reviewer explores hockey legend Bobby Orr's: My Story.

100-MILE BOOK CLUB: Shop local for great reads

Favourite books by local authors can make great gifts for those on your Christmas list.

ARMCHAIR BOOK CLUB: Canadian author sure to become household name

Canada has triumphed in the literary world this year says Penticton book columnist Heather Allen.

ARMCHAIR BOOK CLUB: Giller Prize winner announced

In the literary world, autumn is Scotia Bank Giller Prize season.