The Russell Hoban website

Welcome to russellhoban.org, providing definitive information and news about the late novelist Russell Hoban and his work.

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

The people who run the world now were children once. What went wrong? What is it that with such dismal regularity goes wrong? Why do perfectly good children become rotten grown ups? If I say there's a language failure somewhere does that make sense? Keep in mind my claim that everything is language. Am I saying then that there's an everything failure? Yes, because nothing has a chance of working right when people won't listen to what it says and with the proper action say the right things back.

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Frances Broomfield talks about her jacket artwork for Russell Hoban's 1987 novel The Medusa Frequency, as well as her influences and other work.
Over the years, for his contribution to the annual SA4QE event, longtime fan Olaf Schneider has created multimedia Flash animations inspired by quotations from Russell Hoban's books. Impressionistic, atmospheric and surreal, the (so far) 27 animations range from a moving Belhousov-Zhabotinsky...
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.
Russell Hoban talks to the Guardian's James Hopkin about his move to London, his eccentric work-room and various novels including The Medusa Frequency.
James Parker puts an eloquent case for making Riddley Walker into a film in this New York Times opinion piece.
1991 recording of Russell Hoban talking to novelist Robertson Davies about the latter's novel Murther and Walking Spirits. From the ICA Talks series, hosted on the British Library website.
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...
Fan site documenting quotations from Russell Hoban books left in public places to celebrate the author's birthday every 4th February since 2002. (Since 2013's event the quotations have been recorded on www.russellhoban.org/sa4qe)
From the jacket:   Phil Ockerman falls hard for Bertha Strunk at a tango lesson in a church crypt in Clerkenwell. ‘Is Bertha's trunk anything like Pandora's box?' he wonders. Each recently separated, both their Suns are squared by Neptune. Bertha also bears a strong resemblance to the 17th...

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