October 6, 2010 Events The Whistle-stop Tour Hits the West Coast By Nicole Rudick Photograph by Alain Picard. Catch Lorin Stein in the Golden State this week, at three events. Tonight: San Francisco The venerable City Lights hosts a conversation between Stein and Oscar Villalon, former book critic of the San Francisco Chronicle, as part of the city’s LitQuake festival. The fun starts at 7 P.M., at 261 Columbus Avenue. Tomorrow: Claremont Stein joins Aaron Matz, Scripps English professor and the author, most recently, of Satire in an Age of Realism, to talk literature and publishing in the Internet age. The conversation begins at 4:15 P.M. at Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Avenue, and is open to the public. Saturday: Los Angeles The final stop on the whistle-stop tour and an event not to be missed. Stein and Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin discuss the role of a literary journal in the era of constant distraction. Get to Book Soup, 8818 West Sunset Boulevard, early. The conversation starts at 5 P.M.