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, while some are posted on this site. Above: bathroom mirror quote from Kleinzeit (1974) by Sam Meech

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Full-colour scans of Russell Hoban's illustrations for the 1963 Macmillan edition of Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.
2010 interview mainly about Riddley Walker but touching on other books and the creative process.
The magic of the puppet show, says Professor K.A. Laity, is its ability to transform the inanimate into animation, to turn movement into story, and to bring to life all manner of dreams and stories. Originally published in Puppetry International Magazine 19 (2006).
Rebecca Rego Barry writes in lithub.com 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...
Summary: 'Walker is my name and I am the same. Riddley Walker. Walking my riddels where ever theyve took me and walking them now on this paper the same. ' Composed in an English which has never been spoken and laced with a storytelling tradition that predates the written word, RIDDLEY WALKER is the...
The Atlantic monthly magazine from August 1976 reviews Turtle Diary (1975) in the context of Russell Hoban's then higher profile as a writer of books for children, paying particular attention to Charlie the Tramp and Bread and Jam for Frances. Thanks to Janis Winn for the scan.
LINK NOW DEAD. Direct link to .ram audio file hosted on wiredforbooks.org. RealPlayer required. "In this 1987 interview with Don Swaim, Russell Hoban discusses his book Medusa Frequency, which is an Orphus Uridisy retelling. He reflects on growing up in Pennsylvania, and his continuous love...
Extensive Guardian Weekend profile of Russell Hoban by Nicholas Wroe from 2002, examining the author's life from his birth in Pennsylvania in 1925 via his army experiences, early books including The Mouse and His Child, his early novels, and on to Riddley Walker, later novels such as The Bat...
Russell Hoban talks about his famously cluttered writing room, aka his "exobrain".
Children's author and university creative writing teacher Philip Womack names The Mouse and His Child no. 25 in his list of the 30 all-time best books for children: "A bittersweet and unusual tale, in which a clockwork mouse and his child are thrown out of a toy shop, and then must embark...

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

There is a continual telling and asking going on, a continuous conversation that is trying to happen between everything around us and us. All of it is without words, much of it is silent. Listen, look, let it come to you—the turning of the earth away from Father Sun to Mother Night, the rolling of our cloud-wreathed planet in the vast deeps of space.

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