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Babbling cinephile Quentin Tarantino walks it like he talks it: currently rushing up and down the motorway to promote his two Faber screenplays (Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction), in Leeds he signs copies at Waterstones, 36-38 Albion St; Tue 31, 1p m (0532 420839); in London he signs at the Virgin Megastore in Oxford St; Wed 1, 1pm (071 631 1234).

l Canterbury: parodist and droll versifier Wendy Cope reads from and signs copies of her books Serious Concerns and Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis; Waterstones, 20/21 St Margaret's St; Thur 2, 7pm, £2. 0227 456343.

l Central London: Novelist Alain de Botton and short-story writer Philip MacCann read from their work at the Voice Box, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, SE1; Tue 31, 7.30pm, £3.50/£2. 071 928 8800.

l Central London: Paul Burston and Colin Richardson read from and sign copies of A Queer Romance at Waterstone's, 121/125 Charing Cross Rd. Wed 1, 7.30pm. 071 434 4291.

l Glasgow: A L Kennedy reads from her new collection of stories Now That You're Back at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall St; Wed 1, 7pm, £2/£1. 041 332 0522.

l Newcastle: Michael Moorcock reads from his latest book Blood at Dillons, Emerson Chambers, Blacket St; Tue 31 6.30pm. 091 261 7757