FAIRHOPE, Ala., March 21, 2011 -- Mac Pulitzer, great-grandson of Pulitzer Prize founder Joseph Pulitzer and son of New York Times best-selling author Roxanne Pulitzer, is moving to the costal town of Fairhope, Ala., to open the nation's first Pulitzer Hotel featuring the Pulitzer Library in its lobby.
"I had never heard of Fairhope until I met my wife, Kourtney," Pulitzer said. "Kourtney's extended family is from Fairhope, and she vacationed in Fairhope, swimming in Mobile Bay and roaming the scenic downtown area. My wife and I have visited Fairhope many times, and each time I learned more and more of the incredibly rich literary history in this place which sits on the highest sea cliff from Maine to Mexico."
Home to two Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, two Pulitzer Prize nominees, 14 Oscar nominations, six Academy Awards, four New York Times best-selling authors and many other acclaimed authors, Fairhope is, to say the least, remarkable. "During the last couple of years I have been looking for the perfect place to open a luxury boutique hotel," Pulitzer said. "About eight months ago Kourtney's uncle, Mike Bernhardt, showed me a parcel of land he was developing right in the heart of the downtown area, and I knew immediately this was the location for what I had in mind."
Fairhope and the surrounding area is or once was home to author and Pulitzer Prize-nominee Winston Groom, whose "Forrest Gump" was nominated for thirteen Academy Awards and won six, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg, and Pulitzer Prize nominee Fannie Flagg, whose "Fried Green Tomatoes" was nominated for an Academy Award, as well as W.E.B. Griffin, a New York Times best-selling author with 40 million books in print in ten different languages. Fairhope also claims Andy Andrews, author of the best-seller "The Butterfly Effect," Watt Key, author of "Alabama Moon," which is soon to be released as a major motion picture, New York Times best-selling author, singer, song-writer and composer Jimmy Buffett, Tom Corcoran, author of "The Mango Opera," and author Sonny Brewer ("The Poet of Tolstoy Park").
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