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

“I don’t think I can handle anything big,” said John. “I’m not the shaman I used to be.”
“Used to be won’t cut it,” said Deepguy. “This is a whole new ballgame.”
“Why me?” said John. Tears were running down his face and he had to blow his nose.
“It has to be you because you’re the only one there is.”
“But the world is full of other people,” whimpered John.
“And every one of them is the only one there is. How does that grab you?”
“Hard,” said John. “Only I don’t know what you mean.”
“The world is a very slippery thing,” said Deepguy, “and if all of you only ones don’t hold tight it could slip out of your hands like an eel. Got it?”


Russell Hoban links...

Summary of John Mullan's interview with Russell Hoban on 29 November 2010. Includes link to audio recording of the interview.
Dave Awl's original Russell Hoban website, with bibliography, biography, reviews, essays, interviews and news and book extracts sent by RH himself.
Writer Paul Kincaid on Angelica Lost and Found. Also touches on other (later) titles.
Link to all articles on the online version of Granta magazine by Russell Hoban. Subscribers only. Most pieces were later collected in The Moment under The Moment (1992); we have not been able to verify whether the Granta pieces differ from the Moment versions. Titles: Footplacers, London Transport...
News story reporting that Sam Meech's Riddley Walker-inspired exhibition Time Back Way Back, originally shown in Barrow-in-Furness, has moved to the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester, under the name Girt Shyning Weals: Riddley Walker and Anthony Burgess.
A transcription of a talk by Russell Hoban given to the 1970 Exeter conference on children's literature, published in the journal "Children's Literature in Education" (March 1971, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 5-23). The first two pages are available free via the link; payment or an...
Comprehensive overview of Russell Hoban's life by Todd VanDerWerff.
Prior to Russell Hoban's interview at the Serpentine event (16 October 2010), actress Eleanor Bron read from the opening pages of the author's 1973 novel. (5'46" .mp4 format audio file, 2.7mb; the recording is very soft so you'll need to turn up the volume to hear it but...
Article for Sports Illustrated dated 18 March 1957 in which, "with rare and human insight, Russell Hoban re-creates in words and a painting the bright moment when young Floyd Patterson changed forever and became Heavyweight Champion of the World". The article is also commented upon by the...