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Bizzy in warmer days
Bizzy in warmer days

The McMurtrie Building, Rolt Heights [88,12]

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Bizzy bundled up
Bizzy bundled up

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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Mending and quilting
Mending and quilting


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 summertime view from the north balcony of the roses blooming in the warmth of the sun.

Winter is always a very special time at Unhallowed Grounds. Some Yule decorations are still up and everyone is looking forward to better times in the spring. The smaller zeds are frozen solid until the thaw and the larger ones are slowed down by the snow. This relatively quiet time of the year is spent mending clothing and gear, making do with what we've scrounged during our time out and about. The bits that can't be darned up are cut into quilt squares or shredded for the stuffing. The rhythmic stitch-work is calming and everyone tells stories. There're breaks for mugs of coffee or chocolate and thick, rib-sticking soups served up with hot, crusty bread fresh-baked that morning. Many quilts are produced each winter and the days seem to pass quickly in the warm shop surrounded by friends.

Beautiful yew tree
Beautiful yew tree


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 afternoon in Book Bizarre next door, then slip your Yaktrax* over your boots for traction on the ice and 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?)

Pyewacket, the shop's cat, enjoys the snow. He's always ready to explore his Winter Wonderland. His Winter treat is a bowl of cream.

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 an old saying but it's true," Bizzy assures us with a wink and encouragement to finish our coffee cake. 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.







There's lots to do in Rolt Heights


Don't miss our Winter specials!


This week's special - your choice of any pastry and a hot drink!


Soothing hot drinks
Soothing hot drinks


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Scraps and patches make a quilt
Scraps and patches make a quilt


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Lovely Malton frosted with snow
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Luncheon break at the quilting club
Another quilt coming together
Another quilt coming together
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The smaller zeds freeze solid until the thaw



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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Zeds are much slower in the snow
Zeds are much slower in the snow




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Everything is fine with warm cream
Everything is fine with warm cream
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A walk in the park




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.




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Isabel "Bizzy" Bowers (talk)

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