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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

“My mind is subject to fits of strangeness; this morning coming to work I looked out of the bus window at people talking, crossing the road, running to catch the bus and I thought, all this is really only Death dressing himself up as people talking, crossing the road, running to catch the bus.  Ought a doctor to see things in that way?”

Lines from ‘Come Dance With Me’ by Russell Hoban, writer, 1925-2011

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Legendary novelist Salman Rushdie includes the "unjustly forgotten" Riddley Walker in a list of his favourite "surrealist" novels.
Yvonne Studer writes: "In case anyone has ever wondered what Knock John Tower from Linger Awhile might have looked like (i.e. the place occupied by radio pirates in the 1960s, among them Irving Goodman’s later wife Charlotte Burton), here’s a link to the Project Redsand, a project to restore...
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).
Full-colour scans of Russell Hoban's illustrations for the 1963 Macmillan edition of Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.
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.
Amazing video of Russell Hoban giving a lecture on his writing and working processes in 1990. From Alida Allison, Professor, San Diego State University (SDSU): "In 1990, Russell Hoban did a 10-day reading tour of Southern California that began at SDSU, continued to UC Riverside, California...
Page outlining the multimedia art exhibition at Bergen's Kunsthall whose title is inspired by Russell Hoban's 1980 novel Riddley Walker and also includes a copy of his first book "What Does It Do And How Does It Work" among the exhibits. From the site: "The Noing Uv It is...
Harry Phillips writes briefly for the March 18, 1957 issue of Sports Illustrated on Russell Hoban's Floyd Patterson article and illustrations for the same issue; that article can be found at http://www.si.com/vault/1957/03/18/601037/an-artist-looks-at-his-subject This is also referred to in...
Comprehensive overview of Russell Hoban's life by Todd VanDerWerff.
Novelist Will Self reflects on Russell Hoban's influence on him and remembers their conversation event at the British Library in 2011.

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