Welcome to the online home of Gary D. Cole, author of the memoirs Newsboy and Artless, as well as the novel Black Box. We invite you to learn about Gary and his books.

Proceeds from Newsboy from July 2021 through January 2022 will be donated to the Chicago Headline Club in legendary Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko’s honor. The Headline Club (https://headlineclub.org), the largest chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, is dedicated to preserving freedom of the press and protecting the people’s right to know.

Proceeds from Black Box will benefit CoHo Productions, a Portland, Oregon theater company co-founded by Gary in 1995 (www.cohoproductions.org). The black box theater at the heart of the novel is modeled on the space developed by Gary for the company in 2001, which still serves as its home today.   

Praise for Gary’s Books

"Like a bike ride through a turbulent, unsettling, yet beautiful landscape, Cole's deceptively simple tale of a kid delivering newspapers on his trusty Schwinn is so much more than what it at first appears.  In clear and concise language the tale propels us through the awakening of a happy but innocent and unworldly boy to the cultural changes occurring around him.  The world is exploding, and, as the newsboy learns, so is he.  The print he delivers--and reads in wonder--and the people he meets and listens to on his route become the education of a lifetime.  By the end of Newsboy you'll marvel that this kid has taught you so much.  I loved this book."  Rick Telander, Sports Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times

“His unforgettably honest and eye-opening memoir, Artless, is an engrossing encounter [and a] stunning read ….”  Leonard Jacobs, Backstage

“… If you’re a lover of theatre, you’ll really love the journey through Black Box.”  Michael Mendelson, Artistic Director, Portland Shakespeare Project

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