The official Russell Hoban website

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The Slickman A4 Quotation Event 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 post photos of their quotations on this site, and these are gathered under Which quotes did you share this year? (Photo quoting Pilgermann by Sandra, 2017)

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

“Then words imprinted themselves on his mind, large, powerful, compelling belief and respect like the saying of a god in capital letters:


He felt, as in a dream, the layered meanings of the words that stood upright in his mind as if carved in the stone of a temple.”


Sample site content and links

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.
Writer Paul Kincaid on Angelica Lost and Found. Also touches on other (later) titles.
Lindsay Edmunds profiles Russell Hoban in The Huffington Post and quotes some of her favourite lines.
2008 interview, heavy on the creative process, with biographical elements and an unfortunate typo "The Peloponnesian Wart".
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 This is also referred to in...
Philip S Turner remembers Russell Hoban following his death in 2011, and reflects on Turtle Diary, Turner's personal favourite.
Jim Poyser's short but profound 1998 interview with Russell Hoban on the subject of strangeness, on the occasion of the issue of the Expanded Edition of Riddley Walker. Also contains a review of the latter. Originally published in The Bloomington Voice and NUVO Newsweekly. Selected by Poyser...
Novelist Will Self reflects on Russell Hoban's influence on him and remembers their conversation event at the British Library in 2011.
Birmingham-based theatre company Stan's Cafe comment on why they revived Russell Hoban's 1984 play The Carrier Frequency.
Account and transcript of novelist Will Self's conversation/interview with Russell Hoban about Riddley Walker, from the SA4QE site.