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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

The people who run the world now were children once. What went wrong? What is it that with such dismal regularity goes wrong? Why do perfectly good children become rotten grown ups? If I say there's a language failure somewhere does that make sense? Keep in mind my claim that everything is language. Am I saying then that there's an everything failure? Yes, because nothing has a chance of working right when people won't listen to what it says and with the proper action say the right things back.


Russell Hoban links...

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...
Facebook "community page" based on the Wikipedia article about Russell Hoban's 1980 classic.
Short article from the Sports Illustrated vaults dated December 8, 1958, in which Russell Hoban submits "enthusiastic word impressions" to accompany a painting he did for the magazine of "the perfect basketball team". The painting itself does not seem to be included on the SI...
Long, evocative article by Russell Hoban for Sports Illustrated dated January 19, 1959, about the joys of boating. "A man in a boat regains his sense of scale, knows how big the sea is, and he remembers who and what he is. In a boat, we become whole again, and the flying fragments of our lives...
Appreciation of Russell Hoban and the SA4QE fan event by Nick Campbell from the We Are Cult blog.
Overview from of Harold Pinter's lesser-known screenplays, with a brief mention of Turtle Diary.
Interview with actress Julianne Moore, to which she showed up clutching a copy of Russell Hoban's classic novel Turtle Diary. No details sadly of whether this would indicate that Moore is set to play Naeara in a new Hollywood blockbuster version...
Complete film of Harold Pinter's 1985 adaptation starring Ben Kingsley, Glenda Jackson and Michael Gambon.
Martin Eve recollects the evening when Russell Hoban met Will Self.
Guardian article from 7 October 2016 reviewing "one of Russell Hoban's most beloved books" whose new edition just released by The New York Review Children's Collection "may revive Hoban's reputation". Quotes Alida Allison (former professor of children's...