Award-Winning Author Colum McCann Assaulted in New Haven

Award-Winning Author Colum McCann Assaulted in New Haven

It is reported that International Award-Winning Author, Colum McCann, was assaulted on Saturday at The Study at Yale Hotel and was treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital for "significant" facial injuries.

According to police, McCann was punched after he tried to help a woman involved in a dispute. McCann has been released from the hospital.

Colum McCann is the award-winning author of six novels and two collections of short stories. His most recent novel, "TransAtlantic" will be published in summer 2013 - already it has received outstanding pre-launch attention.

His novel "Let the Great World Spin," won worldwide acclaim, including The 2009 National Book Award in the U.S, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, the International Impac Award 2011, a literary award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and several other major literary prizes.

"Let the Great World Spin" became a best-seller on four continents.

McCann's fiction has been published in over 35 languages and has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Paris Review, Granta, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Tin House, Bomb and several other places. He has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, the Irish Times, the Irish Independent, Die Zeit, La Republicca, Paris Match, the Guardian, the Times and the Independent.

McCann is considered, in every sense, an international artist. Born in Ireland, he has travelled extensively around the world. He and his wife Allison lived in Japan for eighteen months. He currently lives in New York City, where he holds dual Irish and American citizenship. He is a member of the Irish Academy, Aosdana, and was awarded a Chevalier des arts et lettres by the French government in fall 2009 (making him one of a exclusive number of foreign artists recognised in France for their literary contributions: other recipients have included Salman Rushdie, Phillip Gourevitch and Julian Barnes).

The exclusive American Academy honoured him with a literary award in May 2011.

The territory of McCann's work is international in scope and geography - his topics have ranged from homeless people in the subway tunnels of New York, to the Troubles in Northern Ireland, to the effects of 9/11, to a poetic examination of the life and culture of the Roma in Europe. He is known as a writer of style and substance, hailed by critics and readers alike. Among his major influences are Michael Ondaatje, John Berger, Don DeLillo, E.L Doctorow, Toni Morrison, Edna O'Brien and the Irish novelist Benedict Kiely. McCann is known a "poetic realist," a writer who is known to tackle the dark in order to get through to the light - "any sort of light, however compromised" - on the far side.