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The Slickman A4 Quotation Event (named after the fan who came up with the idea) has taken place every 4th February since 2002, in commemoration of Russell Hoban's birth in 1925. Each year on the day, readers from around the world share their favourite quotations from his books by leaving them in public places, invariably written on yellow A4 paper (the sort he used). Fans also share their selections on social media under the hashtag #sa4qe and post their quotes and photos on this site. See this year's reports.
Photo above quoting Riddley Walker from @earthworksjason

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

What passes for reality seems to me mostly a load of old nonsense invented by not very inventive minds. The reality that interests me is strange and flickering and haunting


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Summary: Hoban's second novel for adults, Kleinzeit is a story detailing the eponymous title character's brush with illness and creativity. When Kleinzeit is fired from his job as an advertising copywriter, he ends up in hospital with a "skewed hypotenuse", being tended by the healthy and...
Short article from the Sports Illustrated vaults dated December 8, 1958, in which Russell Hoban submits "enthusiastic word impressions" to accompany a painting he did for the magazine of "the perfect basketball team". The painting itself does not seem to be included on the SI...
Facebook page for the SA4QE activity.
Paul Hunter, director of The Mouse and His Child at the Royal Shakespeare Company, talks about the influence of Toy Story and Pixar and the importance of capturing all the emotions of Hoban's book, and adds "This is a play for everyone."
Tom Overton writes in the Paris Review (April 2017) on 1984 British nuclear war drama Threads. Russell Hoban reviewed the film for The Listener magazine and is quoted here "This is not a film to be reviewed as a film; its art is that it cancels all aesthetic distance between our unthinking and...
Overview from of Harold Pinter's lesser-known screenplays, with a brief mention of Turtle Diary.
Frances Broomfield talks about her jacket artwork for Russell Hoban's 1987 novel The Medusa Frequency, as well as her influences and other work.
"Deadsy" (1989) and "Door" (1990) are two surreal animated short films written and narrated by Russell Hoban and directed by David Anderson. On 18th December 2011 David Anderson wrote on the Russell Hoban Facebook page: "I did 2 short films with Russell in the early 90's 'Deadsy' and 'Door', I am...
The NYRB Classics imprint's blog A Different Stripe takes part in the annual SA4QE celebration of Russell Hoban's words with a quotation from Turtle Diary, an edition of which they published in 2013.