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 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 russellhoban.org/sa4qe 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:

TO CLOSE ONE’S EYES IN THE PRESENCE OF A LION

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.”

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Novelist Will Self reflects on Russell Hoban's influence on him and remembers their conversation event at the British Library in 2011.
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).
2005 interview by The Scotsman, in which Russell Hoban talks about The Mouse and His Child, Riddley Walker, his then-new book Come Dance With Me and the impending "Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum", a fan convention held in honour of his 80th birthday.
Account and transcript of novelist Will Self's conversation/interview with Russell Hoban about Riddley Walker, from the SA4QE site.
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.
Slightly obsessed Russell Hoban fan spends a day visiting over 30 London locations mentioned in Hoban's books, leaving associated quotations from the books in situ. Part of that year's SA4QE fan activity.
Complete interview with Russell Hoban from the Serpentine Map Marathon event, London 16 October 2010, in which the author talks about how maps have influenced him and his work from his childhood to the present day.
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...
A unique concordance to Russell Hoban's classic 1980 novel is available on this website. Entries for each word in the text are available both in order of occurrence in the text, and sorted by right context (i.e. the following words). There are also two complete lists of the words, one in...

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