The official Russell Hoban website

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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 the latest reports.
Photo above quoting Riddley Walker from @earthworksjason

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Russell Hoban links...

As part of the Guardian's "desk therapist" series Donna Dawson describes the "organised chaos" of Russell Hoban's workroom. With brief commentary by RH.
Essay by author/journalist Andrew Brown, mostly about Richard Dawkins, touching on Riddley Walker.
Extensive Guardian Weekend profile of Russell Hoban by Nicholas Wroe from 2002, examining the author's life from his birth in Pennsylvania in 1925 via his army experiences, early books including The Mouse and His Child, his early novels, and on to Riddley Walker, later novels such as The Bat...
Sarah Ditum writing in the Guardian says Russell Hoban's 1980 dystopian classic "is unique, melodramatic, and suggests there is more to human beings than being human".
Will Self reads a passage from Riddley Walker during an "in conversation" event with Russell Hoban at the British Museum, London, 15 February 2011.
Extensive interview about several books. The link supplied is to the Google Books partial online version originally published by Methuen, 1985. Click on the "Russell Hoban" link off the contents page.
Trailer for the Royal Shakespeare Company's stage adaptation of Russell Hoban's classic book.
A unique concordance to Russell Hoban's classic 1980 novel is available on this website. Entries for each word in the text are available both in order of occurrence in the text, and sorted by right context (i.e. the following words). There are also two complete lists of the words, one in...
The Atlantic monthly magazine from August 1976 reviews Turtle Diary (1975) in the context of Russell Hoban's then higher profile as a writer of books for children, paying particular attention to Charlie the Tramp and Bread and Jam for Frances. Thanks to Janis Winn for the scan.
Appreciation of Riddley Walker by novelist David Mitchell.