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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Christopher Xenopoulos Janus  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: Charleston, West Virginia

Died: February 19, 2009 in Wilmette, Illinois

-- Christopher Xenopoulos Janus on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Christopher Xenopoulos Janus started his writing career as a reporter for the Chicago Daily News.

Biographical and Professional Information

In addition to his writing Christopher Janus was a business consultant, entrepreneur, a Government employee (Economic Assistant to the U.S. State Department, and a delegate to the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation agency Conference.


Carl Sandburg Literary Award Best Fiction 1989, for, What They Always Wanted . Friends of Literature Award-Best Fiction for, Miss 4th of July, Goodbye .

Speaking Engagements


Selected Titles At Your Library

Miss 4th of July, goodbye :
ISBN: 0934831009. OCLC Number: 12962903

Lake View Press,. .

This novel in fictional letter form is based on the experiences of the author's sister, Androniki "Niki" Janus, who immigrated from Greece to the small coal-mining town of Montgomery, West Virginia, in 1917. When she attempts to befriend an older black man, the Ku Klux Klan targets her and her family.

The search for Peking man /
ISBN: 0025589903. OCLC Number: 1273367

Macmillan,. .

An account of the search for the onehalf-million-year-old fossil remains of Peking Man, which were discovered in China in 1926 and lost in 1941 when the Japanese invaded China.

What they always wanted /
ISBN: 0934831017. OCLC Number: 19738806

Sheffield Books :. .