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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

I woke up. There you are, I thought; life goes on.


Russell Hoban links...

Essay by author/journalist Andrew Brown, mostly about Richard Dawkins, touching on Riddley Walker.
Amazing video of Russell Hoban giving a lecture on his writing and working processes in 1990. From Alida Allison, Professor, San Diego State University (SDSU): "In 1990, Russell Hoban did a 10-day reading tour of Southern California that began at SDSU, continued to UC Riverside, California...
Chris Bell considers an under-appreciated period in Russell Hoban's life and career - that of professional painter and illustrator. Contains several examples of his work.
Brief word-sketches from 1957 issue of Sports Illustrated. May have accompanied an original drawing or painting, which are not included.
Wide-ranging interview originally published in The Literary Review, 1984. Reproduced on the Head of Orpheus with their permission.
the kraken.jpg Between September 2002 and March 2005, Russell Hoban contributed to his own discussion forum, The Kraken. In the first of a 2-part feature, Richard Cooper looks back over a selection of his posts. "The Kraken" Yahoo Group was established as a Russell...
Displays all pins on Pinterest tagged "Russell Hoban".
Bartender and writer Michael J. Neff pays tribute to Russell Hoban: "I owe Mr. Hoban a lot, because his was one of the first books that showed me how stories could be told."
LINK NOW DEAD. Russell Hoban talks about his children's books.
Interview from Stride magazine no. 26, 1986, in which Russell Hoban talks about the recent Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester production of Riddley Walker, and other topics.