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Bizzy in better days
Bizzy in better days

The McMurtrie Building, Rolt Heights [88,12]

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Cherry Pie, freshly baked!
Cherry Pie, freshly baked!

Isabel "Bizzy" Bowers of Malibu, California, USA, is the proprietor of Book Bizarre in the beautiful McMurtrie Building [88,12] in Rolt Heights. She was visiting cousins in Malton when the outbreak began, trapping her as it did so many others.


Book Bizarre, for those of you new to the district, is an independent bookstore specializing in murder mysteries and supernatural fiction. The bookstore occupies all four floors of the historic McMurtrie Building. While nowhere near as large as million-volume Powell's City of Books in Portland, Oregon, USA, Book Bizarre nonetheless is estimated to contain a hundred thousand books. Part of the second floor is home to the coffee shop, Unhallowed Grounds, offering a wide selection of gourmet coffees, teas and fresh pastries. Bizzy invites you to come in, relax and enjoy their warm hospitality. Because of the balconies extending from the second level, on fair days patrons may take their refreshments outdoors and read their books to the soothing moans of the shambling zed crowds shuffling along the streets below. Music's in the air and it isn't just jazz quartets and swing from The Mighty Wurlitzer, the jukebox still pristine even after all the travail.

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The Mighty Wurlitzer
The Mighty Wurlitzer


The black currant jam is from bushes established in the roof garden across the street. Originally, Bizzy started it to produce salad ingredients. That was a number of years ago and it's now grown quite lush. Seedlings and cuttings were planted in large pots, old wash basins and re-purposed cast-iron bathtubs. These tubs and sinks were salvaged at great personal risk by Bizzy and her cohorts from burned-out buildings around the town. (Ask Bizzy, and she'll arrange a tour for you.) The roof is where she keeps the few chickens that provide the eggs for her cakes. Then of course, there's the famous view from the north balcony of the roses blooming in the warmth of the sun.

Midsummer is the time when the week-long Sidewalk Art Festival is held. This annual event is prepared for very carefully. Serious precautions are taken to ensure everyone's safety. Extra guards blockade both ends of the selected street. They then suspend tarps to block the zombies' view of the street. Next, numerous lines are suspended overhead, half a block beyond either end of the street. These diversionary lines are strung with brightly colored umbrellas to swing in the breeze. (We don't actually know if the shambling dead see colors, but we like the way the umbrellas look and the undead are distracted by their movement. It's always fun to enjoy coffee and a cupcake and watch them moaning at the umbrellas while clawing the air, as if they could grab them.) To add to the festive mood, each year a daredevil band of volunteers attaches decorations to the zombies. The favorite is bunches of helium-filled balloons tethered to large fish-hooks. Their daring-do motivates them to select better-preserved zombies for the balloon displays. One volunteer approaches from the front and using a push-broom, controls and distracts the zed while two "dashers" run up behind the targeted undead and snag a bunch of balloons to each shoulder. Males in business suits are the best, they tell me, because it's simple to securely snag a fish-hook into a shoulder pad in the jacket.


Art contestants register and are assigned a space on the freshly-scrubbed pavement. There the artists spend the week executing their compositions in chalk on the concrete slabs. It's also a full-fledged street fair complete with food booths, and games like Quoits* and Cornhole**. Everyone always has a fine time. At the end of the week, a committee of local leaders judge the chalk masterpieces. The runners-up are awarded their prizes first, then the Grand Prize winner is announced. He or she is the guest of honor at a feast that marks the conclusion of the week's celebrations.

Undead are distracted by movement
Undead are distracted by movement


The shop is conveniently located four blocks from the Burchell Arms [89,17]. The quickest revives may be had at cemetery [88,13]. After you're revived, while away your afternoons in Book Bizarre next door, then run the four blocks to the Burchell Arms. Their ale is the stuff of legend! All of the holiday parties at Book Bizarre are catered by the Burchell Arms Regulars. These stalwarts have never yet let the community down. Bizzy's buffet table is always a splendid spread that fills half of Unhallowed Grounds. (Where do those deer keep coming from?)

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There are whispers around the neighborhood, not even rumours really, that Bizzy must be a witch because in spite of all the attacks, the interior of the book shop is still lovely. Bizzy just smiles and shakes her head, then laughs that if she were actually in league with the forces of darkness she'd be doing a lot better than an odd store on the edge of a ruined city. We aren't so sure. "People make their own luck. It's old saying but it's true," Bizzy assures us with a wink and encouragement to finish our coffee cake.

"I think the whole history of the human race is the search for little comforts. The aquaducts - all of it - is just the striving to achieve little comforts in life. That's why the bookstore is so important to me. I believe it's vital for people to have a place where they can relax and forget their troubles, if only for an hour." Giving us a warm smile, she thanks us for coming by to interview her and bustles off, exuding an air of invincibility, to polish some brass or whip up a new batch of delicious treats in her fabulous shop.

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There's lots to do in Rolt Heights


Don't miss our Midsummer specials!


Our special - Colorful cupcakes for Art Week!



Balloons tied to zeds help lend a festive atmosphere
Balloons tied to zeds help lend a festive atmosphere



Book Bizarre is always barricaded to EHB for the comfort and safety of our patrons.
Book Bizarre is always barricaded to EHB
for the comfort and safety of our patrons.






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Pyewacket, the shop's cat
Pyewacket, the shop's cat
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Unhallowed Grounds offers many teas and coffees made just the way you like. Stop in any time for a fresh pastry treat, warm cake, pie or something chilled, if you prefer. If Bizzy is out on a supply run, someone charming will be in the shop and ready to serve you. Book Bizarre stands vigil 24/7. Come and join the celebration, always in progress, and give us a chance to please you. Whether it's a bank holiday or just a gloriously sunny day, Book Bizarre is indulging and so should you.
Unhallowed Grounds offers many teas and coffees made just the way you like. Stop in any time for a fresh pastry treat, warm cake, pie or something chilled, if you prefer. If Bizzy is out on a supply run, someone charming will be in the shop and ready to serve you. Book Bizarre stands vigil 24/7. Come and join the celebration, always in progress, and give us a chance to please you. Whether it's a bank holiday or just a gloriously sunny day, Book Bizarre is indulging and so should you.

Isabel "Bizzy" Bowers (talk)

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