Birmingham Bound Presents Tim Hollis

Pizitz in Five Points West Mall
Pizitz in Five Points West Mall, 1970s
courtesy of Birmingham Rewound

In his latest book, Pizitz: The History of a Birmingham Institution (History Press, 2010), Tim Hollis recalls the days before strip malls and big-box stores when everyone shopped downtown. For more than 80 years, Pizitz offered a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. From the Enchanted Forest that sprung up every Christmas to in-store fashion shows, visiting Pizitz wasn’t just a trip to the store, it was an event.

Birmingham native Tim Hollis is the author of more than 15 books, including Dixie Before Disney: 100 Years of Roadside Fun.

Books will be available for purchase. Tim Hollis will also sign his new book, Christmas Wishes: A Catalog of Vintage Holiday Treats and Treasurers.

Central Library
Richard Arrington Jr. Auditorium
Wednesday, December 1 at noon
Tim Hollis, Pizitz: The History of a Birmingham Institution

The Birmingham Bound author series recognizes authors who researched their books in the Birmingham Public Library Archives. Historians, journalists, and other writers from throughout the United States and around the world have produced hundreds of books using the Archives’ collection of more than 30 million historic documents. These books include five recipients of the Pulitzer Prize.

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information contact Jim Baggett (205-226-3631, or visit