Novelist Colum McCann assaulted in New Haven hotel

NEW HAVEN — New Haven police say the award-winning novelist Colum McCann has been assaulted and was hospitalized with significant facial injuries.

Police said Wednesday that the author, best known for “Let the Great World Spin,” was beaten Saturday night at a New Haven hotel. Police say witness accounts suggest McCann may have tried to help a woman in a dispute.

The unidentified woman’s companion may be the assailant police say they are seeking.

Allison Hawke, McCann’s wife, said Wednesday he was getting dental work and was not available to comment.

Police say the 49-year-old McCann, of New York City, gave information to detectives and that they have significant leads they hope will soon lead to an arrest.

McCann has just released the story “Gone” through the online publisher and subscription service Byliner. It’s his first short story in a decade.



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