The official 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 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

Manny Rat's housewarming was a great success. He had invited the cream of rat society, and all of them attended, twittering and squeaking with high spirits as they climbed the string ladder to the dolls' house. Grizzled old fighters and their plump, respectable wives touched whiskers with gentleman rats grown sleek by cunning and lithe young beauties of vaguely theatrical connection. Debutante rats and dashing young rats-about-town, all the golden youth of the dump, arrived in little laughing groups that achieved the effect of brilliance even in the dark, while doddering dowager rats came escorted by gaunt artistic rats with matted fur, burning eyes, and enormous appetites. Last up the ladder were a scattering of selected social climbers, followed by various hired bravos, obscure ruffians, and cheap hustlers whose good will was worth cultivating.

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Russell Hoban links...

Brief news story on BBC website.
The original Russell Hoban discussion forum/community hosted on Yahoo Groups. Set up by Dave Awl in 1999.
2010 interview mainly about Riddley Walker but touching on other books and the creative process.
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...
On a black and stormy night the sea-thing child is flung up on the beach, a little draggled heap of scales and feathers. Although made for deep diving and high flying, he is afraid of the ocean. When he meets a fiddler crab with no bow, these two help each other avoid their fears for a while. But...
No one realizes that the poor marzipan pig has fallen behind the sofa. No one hears his lonely cries for help. His sweetness grows bitter over the months that go by until a mouse discovers him and gobbles him up. But the mouse pays a price for her greed. A desperate feeling of loneliness and...
Russell Hoban continues his reading to the San Diego audience started in part 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTj5912_yX4). For full background info on these videos please see http://www.russellhoban.org/link/russell-hoban-at-the-san-diego-state-university-october-17-1990-part-1
Russell Hoban talks to a large audience at San Diego University (SDSU) in October 1990 about his "children's writing" (which he says is all part of his "one writing"). He also reads from various children's books including Ponders, as well as an unpublished draft of The...
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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