Authors Road Interview: Larry Engelmann

Welcome to Authors Road: Larry Engelmann – Creative Nonfiction, Journalist

For many of us, the Vietnam War was an event that could be described as a milestone, touchstone, or millstone in our lives. It’s a story that’s been told in every medium, from music to film, in novel, poem and historical non-fiction.

We are pleased to present our interview with historian, professor emeritus and creative non-fiction author, Larry Engelmann. Although his book on Vietnam, Tears Before the Rain was not the first of his six books and countless articles, but it did open the doors to him to begin writing extensively on stories from Asia.

Engelmann received his BA and MA in history and economics from the University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. in history and American literature from the University of Michigan. He then went on to teach until his retirement in the History Department at San Jose State University.

In this thoughtful interview, Engelmann discusses the real reason he began writing, and how powerfully it has shaped his life and impacted the lives of others. We know you’ll enjoy his frankness, openness and wit as he tells his stories about the art and craft of storytelling.