Busy week ahead. The Chicago Book Festival continues, and the Chicago Humanities Festival kicks off this weekend. But two other events shouldn’t be missed amid all this activity. Tuesday night at the Harold Washington Library is a lecture by Clare Cavanagh, whose wonderful translations of Wislawa Szymborska I have particularly enjoyed. Details are on the HWL events page. The other event is a dialogue between philosophers Richard Rorty and Jurgen Habermas, which takes place Friday at the Loyola University Lakeshore Campus. Rorty’s writings about the relationship between literature and life deserve attention from anyone serious about either.