Heather Allen

ARMCHAIR BOOK CLUB: Delightful after taste in Sweet Tooth thriller

Penticton book reviewer Heather Allen looks at British literary giant Ian McEwan's latest offering.

ARMCHAIR BOOK CLUB: Author had heart and soul in her words

Penticton book reviewer Heather Allen looks at the life of Irish author Maeve Binchy.

100-MILE BOOK CLUB: Wagamese pens winner with Indian Horse

Penticton book reviewer examines Richard Wagamese's latest, Indian Horse.

ARMCHAIR BOOK CLUB: Adventure book is perfect summer read

Penticton book reviewer Heather Allen gives her thoughts on Above All Things by Tanis Rideout.

100-MILE BOOK CLUB: Okanagan author brings Tales from the Grub ‘n’ Rub

Penticton resident Heather Allen is the books columnist for the Penticton Western News.

Okanagan publisher winning with sweat equity

Book columnist Heather Allen from Penticton writes about an Okanagan publishing company.

Juxtaposition makes Jerusalem a winner

Penticton resident and book reviewer Heather Allen takes a look at Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City.

B.C. Book Prize Tour making stop in Penticton

Two of B.C.'s best writers stopping in Penticton for B.C. Book Prizes tour.

River House takes readers on ride through life

Heather Allen, a Penticton writer and reader, reviews River House on a recent trip to Powell's Books in Portland.

Penticton poet Neil Surkan publishes work

Penticton columnist Heather Allen takes a look at a local poet, Neil Surkan

The Winter Palace is superb historical fiction

The Winter Palace is the latest book review by Penticton columnist Heather Allen.

The House I Loved falls with dull characters

Author of Sarah's Key, on New York Times bestsellers list, has a new work of fiction out.

Okanagan historian turns to electronic publishing

Okanagan historian Doug Cox has chosen to publish his latest history as an e-book.

2011 bestellers make McKay a household name

Ami McKay is certainly going to remember 2011. After all, it was the year this Nova Scotian author became a household name.

Reflecting on winter

The tradition of ceasefires at Christmas is not new. In his new book, Adam Gopnik writes about the Christmas truce of 1914

Photography book chronicles Okanagan orchards

One afternoon during my daughter’s violin lesson, I noticed a photography book left on the coffee table.

Books offer a study in contrasts

To become rich, entrepreneurs must be ruthless and tenacious — even if it means eating cat food to prove that you’re selling a good product.

Newcomer takes prize

The Scotiabank Giller Prize, handed out this week at a gala in Toronto, is considered Canada’s most prestigious literary prize.

Writer seeks inspiration

For inspiration, writers often need a break from routine.

Wayne Johnston’s fictional histories

While typing up this review, my kids gathered around and wondered what I was doing. When I explained that I was writing about a famous Canadian author who takes real people and creates fictional life stories around them, my son was outraged. And he’s not alone. Many readers, especially Newfoundlanders, take exception to the way Wayne Johnston messes with the truth.