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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


Russell Hoban links...

Guardian article from 7 October 2016 reviewing "one of Russell Hoban's most beloved books" whose new edition just released by The New York Review Children's Collection "may revive Hoban's reputation". Quotes Alida Allison (former professor of children's...
To celebrate its 21st anniversary in 1992, the British publisher Picador invited 21 of its best authors to write about one of the years from 1972 to 1992, from their own perspective. Each piece was written especially for the collection, which includes essays by, among others, Tariq Ali, Julian...
This extract on Google Books from Daniel Noel's 2004 collection "In a Wayward Mood" appears to include his entire 23-page essay on Hoban. Noel's paper starts with Riddley Walker and goes on to explore related themes in Pilgermann and The Medusa Frequency. Also touches on...
When Father comes home at the end of a sorely trying day, he finds all the family fighting and scolding after a sequence of events for which no one is willing to take the blame.   (The New York Review Children's Collection edition)  
Stuart Kelly enthuses about The Mouse and His Child in the Guardian: "it is a profound little book – the equal, in some ways, to the Alice books."
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...
Russell Hoban's final short story was written specially for the Exhibition Road Show, a festival held in London in July-August 2012. The story appears in Road Stories, a collection by various writers inspired by London's Exhibition Road, home to many of the city's great museums including the...
Article by Johnny Herbert on the Kunstforum website tackling the exhibits and ideas in "The Noing Uv It", an exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall partly inspired by Riddley Walker, whose aim is to "invite us to think about objects".
Slightly obsessed Russell Hoban fan spends a day visiting over 30 London locations mentioned in Hoban's books, leaving associated quotations from the books in situ. Part of that year's SA4QE fan activity.
Legendary novelist Salman Rushdie includes the "unjustly forgotten" Riddley Walker in a list of his favourite "surrealist" novels.