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 previous years' reports.
Photo above quoting Turtle Diary from Lindsay Edmunds (2016)

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

What passes for reality seems to me mostly a load of old nonsense invented by not very inventive minds. The reality that interests me is strange and flickering and haunting


Russell Hoban links...

Elizabeth Bird reproduces a "lost" interview she did with Russell Hoban in 2010, in which he talks about his upcoming books Soonchild and Rosie's Magic Horse and comments on the Frances books, The Mouse and His Child, The Marzipan Pig and other titles for children.
To celebrate its 21st anniversary in 1992, the British publisher Picador invited 21 of its best authors to write about one of the years from 1972 to 1992, from their own perspective. Each piece was written especially for the collection, which includes essays by, among others, Tariq Ali, Julian...
Tamsin Oglesby, the playwright behind the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2012 stage adaptation of Russell Hoban's The Mouse and His Child, explains its enduring appeal and the themes and characters which inspired her.
Robert Freeman contributes this piece about The Mouse and His Child to the Guardian's "Families in literature" series, emphasising the importance of family in the book.
Philip S Turner remembers Russell Hoban following his death in 2011, and reflects on Turtle Diary, Turner's personal favourite.
Review-cum-essay of Fremder, Mr Rinyo-Clacton’s Offer, Angelica’s Grotto and Amaryllis Night and Day by Paul Kincaid, first published in The New York Review of Science Fiction, January 2002. (Link reported not working August 2017)
1998 interview by John Forsyth covering the recently-published Mr Rinyo-Clacton's Offer, as well as Russell's writing techniques and tips, recollections of writing The Mouse and His Child whilst working for a New York advertising agency, and giving a tantalising glimpse of what became...
Dave Awl's original Russell Hoban website, with bibliography, biography, reviews, essays, interviews and news and book extracts sent by RH himself.
Captain Najork has never quite got over the time that Tom beat him and his Hired Sportsmen at womble, muck and sneedball, so when he sees Tom hurtle past his window in a two-seater jam-powered frog, he sets off in hot pursuit. The adventures that follow at a nearby girls' boarding school, involving...
Short but essential 1981 "People" magazine interview with Russell Hoban between the release of Riddley Walker and Pilgermann. Link fixed 22/8/17.