The 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 this year's reports.
Photo above quoting Riddley Walker from @earthworksjason

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

Jump! Into the empty air,

Drop to the rocks down there.

Maybe some of us will make it.


Russell Hoban links...

Rebecca Rego Barry writes in to praise Russell Hoban's classic Christmas story as adapted for muppetry by the legendary Jim Henson. The author obtained some of her information from research in the Russell & Lilian Hoban archives, recently acquired by the Beinecke Library of...
Fascinating story of how a "dilapidated, yet rare, Beetle Cat" found its way into a boatbuilding & restoration programme at the IYRS School of Technology & Trades, and was later found to originally belong to Russell Hoban. The IYRS got in touch with the website,...
Lindsay Edmunds profiles Russell Hoban in The Huffington Post and quotes some of her favourite lines.
Tom is so good at fooling around that he does little else. His Aunt Fidget Wonkham-Strong, who thinks this is too much like having fun, calls upon the fearsome Captain Najork and his hired sportsmen to teach him a lesson. So the Captain challenges Tom to three rounds womble, muck, and sneedball,...
In this article formerly published only in print, and subtitled "View from a Novelist’s Study", Russell Hoban writes of the inspiration he finds in music: "Indeed he listens as he works. Here he reflects on the power of music to unlock memories."
Long, evocative article by Russell Hoban for Sports Illustrated dated January 19, 1959, about the joys of boating. "A man in a boat regains his sense of scale, knows how big the sea is, and he remembers who and what he is. In a boat, we become whole again, and the flying fragments of our lives...
Facebook "community page" based on the Wikipedia article about Russell Hoban's 1980 classic.
Summary of John Mullan's interview with Russell Hoban on 29 November 2010. Includes link to audio recording of the interview.
In Dock 14 (there's no 13); Clever Daughter, a deep-space Corporation tanker, a huge battered thing like a discarded oil refinery all pocked and pitted from the dust and flying debris of seven galaxies, dull metal shining in the rain. Nothing sleek, nothing aerodynamic - it doesn't need to be...
Mirror of an article on the SA4QE fan event which appeared in print only on 15 February 2004 in Talk of the Town, a short-lived supplement with the Independent on Sunday.