James Janko’s THE CLUBHOUSE THIEF won a national award, and is being called “an American story…’an absolute triumph… Sports fiction that rises to the level of art.'”
Janko’s writing credits include the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for the Novel for THE CLUBHOUSE THIEF. An earlier novel, BUFFALO BOY AND GERONIMO, won The Association of Asian American Studies Book Award and the Northern California Book Award. He also won a 2002 Illinois Arts Council Award.
Our nation’s war in Southeast Asia shaped much of who James Janko became as a person and a writer. In 1970, he refused to carry a weapon while serving in Viet Nam as a medic in an infantry battalion commanded by Colonel George Armstrong Custer III. His medals include the Bronze Star for Valor, which he returned to the U.S. government in 1986 to protest their involvement in wars in Central America. In 2008, Janko gave away other medals to Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange: Mrs. Dang Hong Nhut, who suffers from thyroid cancer and has had numerous miscarriages, and Ms. Tran Thi Hoan, who was born without legs due to her mother’s exposure to Agent Orange.