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

"What ben makes tracks for what wil be. Words in the air pirnt foot steps on the groun for us to put our feet in to. May be a nother 100 years and kids wil sing a rime of Riddley Walker and Abel Goodparley with ther circel game."


Russell Hoban links...

From the jacket: There is a strangeness about Christabel Alderton. Elias Newman can see it right away, as well he might. When Christabel was thirteen she was walking by the River Lea and some people in a cabin cruiser waved to her. The scene before her seemed to freeze like a photograph and she...
SF writer Paul Kincaid pays tribute to Russell Hoban
A full list of all the manuscripts of children's books and novels, plus diaries, correspondence and notebooks, acquired by the Beinecke Library in 2017 from Russell Hoban's family. The list describes over 80 boxes of papers including various drafts of classic works such as Riddley Walker...
Russell Hoban talks about his famously cluttered writing room, aka his "exobrain".
Lindsay Edmunds profiles Russell Hoban in The Huffington Post and quotes some of her favourite lines.
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...
2010 interview mainly about Riddley Walker but touching on other books and the creative process.
An account of attending the Russell Hoban Guardian Book Club event on 22 November 2010, plus reflections on The Mouse and His Child and the Frances books.
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...
Excerpt (pages 83-105, 220-21) from David Cowart, History and the Contemporary Novel (Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 1989). Copyright 1989 by the Board of Trustees, Southern Illinois University. Reprinted at The Head of Orpheus by permission of the publisher.