|J. R. Moehringer|
With his riveting debut work The Tender Bar, garnering raves for its humor, heart, and humanity, J. R. Moehringer is rapidly establishing himself as a writer with a knack for tackling traditionally masculine subject matter without sacrificing the inherent tenderness and warmth in his tales.
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J. R. Moehringer
Date of Birth:
December 7, 1964
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
B.A., Yale College, 1986
Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, 2000; PEN Literary Award, 1997; Livingston Prize, 1997
J. R. Moehringer's official web site
|Tender Bar: A Memoir|
J. R. Moehringer
Moehringer's lyrical memoir spotlights the romance of the local tavern, seen through the eyes of a boy coming of age atop a barstool. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist tells the tale of how the place his uncle tended bar stood in stead -- for better or for worse -- for the author's absent father. Companionship and a peculiar initiation into adulthood are handed down by the bar's raffish crew, and when tragedy strikes the town, it is felt deeply there as well. Moehringer's memories sketch a deft, intimate rendering of an oft-overlooked corner of the community.
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|A film version of Moehringer’s article, “Resurrecting the Champ” has been in development for several years. Morgan Freeman is one of the actors rumored to play a role in the film and Rod Lurie is slotted to direct.|
|An Author's Inspiration|
|The Stories of John Cheever|
"I discovered Cheever when I was a teenager and it was a lovely shock to my system," Moehringer recalls about discovering this story collection. "I read it over and over, and still reread it regularly, for comfort, for pleasure, for inspiration, for instruction," he explains.
|A Fan's Notes|
Moehringer also names Frederick Exley's cult classic, A Fan's Notes as a favorite read, describing it as "a 'fictional memoir' about drinking, rooting, tomcatting, and the insanity of trying to write a book." Read our interview to learn more about Moehringer's favorite books, including: