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On 11-13 February 2005 the Russell Hoban community convened in London in a unique celebration of the author's 80th birthday and an amazing body of work, from the Frances books through The Mouse and His Child to Riddley Walker and his then-new novel Come Dance With Me. Accompanying the convention was a superb 50-page booklet containing tributes from friends, associates and fans, including Quentin Blake (above), Glenda Jackson and novelist David Mitchell. Read the Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum Booklet here

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

The black man turned and looked at me. "Tortuguero," he said. He said it like a password but made no secret sign. He said it because he needed to say the name aloud just there and then to me. I nodded, felt dizzy.... How did he know that I knew where Tortuguero was? I shall never see the picture.

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Short piece on the noises and "creatures" of the London Underground published in the New York Times 23 November 1981. This was later published as "Footplacers, London Transport Owls, Wincer-Boise" collected (and dated 1982) in "The Moment under The Moment" (pub. 1992...
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...
As part of the Guardian's "desk therapist" series Donna Dawson describes the "organised chaos" of Russell Hoban's workroom. With brief commentary by RH.
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...
Excellent obituary by Tim Martin recalling Russell Hoban's novels and the dedication of his fans.
Gaming/digital journalist Jonathan H. Liu considers Russell Hoban's 1968 classic The Mouse and His Child as great a children's "toy story" as anything Pixar could tell.
Sarah Ditum writing in the Guardian says Russell Hoban's 1980 dystopian classic "is unique, melodramatic, and suggests there is more to human beings than being human".
Essay/review of Turtle Diary by Kristine Rabberman from University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Professional and Liberal Education.
Anthony Davis writes an eloquent personal account of visiting Russell Hoban at his home following the Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum (the 2005 convention), in which he and "Russ" spoke about whisky, My Tango with Barbara Strozzi and more. Also contains some fascinating, detailed photos of...
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...

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