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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

Fidelity is a matter of perception; nobody is unfaithful to the sea or to mountains or to death: once recognized they fill the heart. In love or in terror or in loathing one responds to them with the true self; fidelity is not an act of the will: the soul is compelled by recognitions. Anyone who loves, anyone who perceives the other person fully can only be faithful, can never be unfaithful to the sea and the mountains and the death in that person, so pitiful and heroic is it to be a human being.

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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.
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...
Short article dated November 12, 1956 for Sports Illustrated accompanying some illustrations Russell Hoban did for the same issue (unfortunately not included) of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey players. (Link fixed 28/6/14)
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...
Study guide to Barbara J. Becker's course on the history of technology, which uses Riddley Walker as a text; each week's reading includes an extremely detailed "Riddley Guide" with illustrations and commentary on many related subjects. Note: as at August 2012 the site is hosted...
Russell Hoban's 1960 portrait of Montreal Canadiens' hockey hero Maurice Richard for Sports Illustrated magazine. This is also referred to in Chris Bell's essay "Russell Hoban the Illustrator" at http://russellhoban.org/essay/russell-hoban-the-illustrator A few years...
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.
Short but essential 1981 "People" magazine interview with Russell Hoban between the release of Riddley Walker and Pilgermann. Link fixed 22/8/17.
Wide-ranging interview originally published in The Literary Review, 1984. Reproduced on the Head of Orpheus with their permission.
James Parker puts an eloquent case for making Riddley Walker into a film in this New York Times opinion piece.

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