John Christgau's novel Spoon, published by Viking Press, was called a "Candide of the Wild West" and won The Society of Midland Authors prize for "Best Fiction" in 1978. His prize-winning historical monograph "Collins Versus the World" is anthologized in Garland Publishing's series on "Asian Americans and the Law." Sierra Sue II: The Story of a P-51 M
ustang, was released in 1995. Mower County Poems, underwritten in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, appeared in 1998. The Origins of the Jump Shot: Eight Men Who Shook the World of Basketball, was a Bison Original from the University of Nebraska Press in the spring of 1999. Tricksters in the Madhouse: Lakers vs. Globetrotters, 1948 was released by the University of Nebraska Press in the fall of 2004. The Gambler and the Bug Boy: 1939 Los Angeles and the Untold Story of a Horse Racing Fix appeared from the University of Nebraska Press in October of 2007. Kokomo Joe: The Story of the First Japanese American Jockey in the U.S. was released by the University of Nebraska Press in April 2009. Enemies, a dramatic non-fiction account of the World War II alien enemy internment program, was republished as a Bison Book by the University of Nebraska Press in 2010. The "Battle of Birch Coulie" appeared from the University of Nebraska Press in the spring of 2012.
Christgau's short stories, articles, and humor have appeared in national and international periodicals. His books have been the focus of extensive press coverage, including copy in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Minneapolis Star, Atlantic Monthly, Oakland Tribune, Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, Houston Post, and the New York Review of Books. His recent broadcast credits include a feature on National Public Radio and regional segments in New York, Tennessee, Washington/Baltimore, New Jersey, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, Colorado, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Indiana, and California. His book Enemies was featured on German Public Radio in 2001 and appeared serially as an e-book on the website GermanCorner.com. He is one of several WWII alien internment scholars who collaborated to produce the photo exhibit The Alien Enemy Files: Hidden Stories of WWII.
Christgau is a frequent guest lecturer to professional and educational groups. He is a native of Minnesota and a member of The Society of Midland Authors. He presently spends his time between Belmont, California, and southern Minnesota.