Citizen Cárdenas: From Logan Square to Nairobi, around the World, and Back Again

City Lit Books 2523 N Kedzie Blvd Chicago, Illinois 60647 (773) 235-2523 Get Directions       On June 1, 2016 City Lit Books in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, graciously hosted a very successful launch party for Steve Cole’s novel, Citizen Cárdenas. Two years later, the story of an often homeless, Cuban immigrant and Vietnam […]

Rosellians Cheer Hometown Author Steve Cole’s Citizen Cárdenas

Amazon Reviews of Citizen Cárdenas by Roselle, NJ Friends Meet your homeless neighbors–Robin Levine (ACHS Class of 1966) on May 12, 2016 Citizen Cárdenas is a engaging tale that plunged me into the world of Chicago’s homeless citizens and the city politics that hold influence over their lives. Told from multiple viewpoints, including that of […]

Uptown, Chicago Attorney for the Homeless, Alan Mills, Reviews Citizen Cárdenas

Homeless people have rich back stories and inner lives. Citizen Cárdenas is the rare novel to take this seriously May 11, 2016   “I’m dead. I’m dead,” yells Gato.Jesus (“Gato”) Cardenas is an old gang-banger, now turned down and out hustler who is barely making it. He was kicked out of his rooming house when […]

Citizen Cárdenas Garners Indy B.R.A.G Medallion and Online Book Club Four-Star Review

Indy B.R.A.G. Medallion I am honored that my novel, Citizen Cárdenas has been named a reciipient of the Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion, a designation awarded to only 20 percent of applicants. Citizen Cárdenas is a story about people caught in the cross-hairs of gentrification. On the one hand is the protagonist of this story, Cuban immigrant, Vietnam […]

A Resurrection of a Whole Other Kind.

Citizen Cardenas Reviewed in WindyCity Greek By: Apollo Papafrangou Apollo is an Oakland, CA native. He’s a poet, and the author of the novel Wings of Wax available now from Olive Leaf Editions.   Meet Author Steve Cole Author Steve Cole grew up in Roselle, NJ. He wrote for his high school newspaper, and had a column […]

Co-worker Amanda Hayes Reviews Citizen Cárdenas—Reduced Book Club Prices for All

On September 6, 2016, Amanda Hayes, a  voracious reader and former co-worker of mine reviewed Citizen Cárdenas. As she describes, Amanda was a beta reader of my novel during its first draft. Although on Goodreads.com she only gave it four stars, please take that in context. In 2016, she reviewed 35 books, only one of […]

What Would Gato Say about Trump and Charlottesville

In Citizen Cárdenas, Gato expressed his opinions on Castro, saying different things in different contexts. George and Alexia could attest that he spoke on other political topics as well. Indeed, he was a fan of Obama, though at first he didn’t think enough White people would vote for him for him to be elected. So […]

A moving social saga of compassion and connection. — Kirkus Reviews

An unlikely friendship forms between a married couple and a disabled veteran in this debut novel. George and Alexia Demas are middle-aged idealists living in Chicago’s Wicker Park. George is a liberal-minded curmudgeon whose belief in the dignity of the common man makes him willing to go head-to-head with the system, while Alexia’s do-gooder ethos […]

Fred Cole Remembers: Moving to Roselle, Archer Cole, Ozzie Beard, Al Pogue

Earlier, I posted Remembering Archer Cole on Father’s Day where I recounted how our father first met Ozzie Beard and Al Pogue on the tennis courts of Roselle, NJ and how that near chance encounter shaped our family’s life in Roselle. Now my older brother Fred Cole recalls the same events but goes into more […]

The Real “Gato Cárdenas” Interviews Steve Cole

I haven’t been fortunate enough yet to have had a newspaper or radio station interview me about Citizen Cárdenas, so I present here the real Gato, our longtime friend Enrique, interviewing me about my novel. You’ll  have to decide for yourself if this interview is a real discussion or more fiction. Sadly Enrique died the […]