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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Christopher Xenopoulos Janus  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children; 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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

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

Macmillan,. New York :. 1975.

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.

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

Lake View Press,. Chicago :. 1985.

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.

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

Sheffield Books :. Chicago :. ©1988.


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


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