This week saw the opening of an art bookstore in Chicago, and the reopening of a Michigan indie. Further south, in Raleigh, N.C., a bookstore-restaurant-brewery-florist shop is in the works.

Book Riot Live in New York City (Nov. 7-8): A reader convention presented by Bookwitty that features 30 writers and interactive programming, including a live performance of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.

Portland’s Woodstock (Nov. 7): This year’s festival will relaunch at the Portland Art Museum with more than 80 authors and a series of writing workshops.

Openings & Closings
Waterway Books Returns to Marine City, Mich.The used bookstore, which closed for two years after a four-year run, will reopen in a 900 sq. ft. building overlooking the water.

Rare Art Bookstore Opens in Chicago: Bing bookstore had a soft opening late last month, and on November 7 it will begin selling affordable rare and collectible books. A wine bar and an events space are planned for next year.

Assouline to Add a Bookstore in Houston: The high-end publisher’s soon-to-open standalone boutique will be its ninth in the Americas.

New Bookstore Coming to Raleigh Next Summer: An 8,000 sq. ft. Irish pub in Moore Square is being converted into a brewery, dim sum restaurant, florist shop, and bookstore, called Plenty.

Turn of the Screw Books & Wine Opens on Long Island: September 18 marked the soft opening of a bookstore-wine bar by two former Borders booksellers Carol Hoenig and Peggy Kieran in Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Other News
Bookstore Founder Margaret Phillips Remembered: The cofounder of the Northern Woman’s Bookstore in Thunder Bay, Ontario, the last remaining feminist bookstore in Canada, passed away on November 4. She received an honorary doctorate degree from Lakehead University for her social justice work earlier this year..

Unabridged Bookstore Turns 35: A fan offers an homage to her favorite Chicagoland bookstore.

Vero Beach Book Center Culminates its 40th Anniversary Celebration: Big name authors, including Debbie Macomber, James Patterson, and David Baldacci are part of the lineup to mark the Florida-based store’s ruby anniversary.