Irish writer Colum McCann was seriously beaten in a Connecticut hotel on Saturday night and received serious facial injuries.

McCann, who is 49, was reportedly attempting to intervene in a dispute between a woman and a man in the Study Hotel in New Haven, when the man reportedly turned on him.

The incident happened at about 10.15pm. McCann was brought to Yale-New Haven Hospital, but has since checked out and is recovering at home in New York..

Police say they are searching for the woman’s companion and are confident of making an arrest shortly. McCann was in New Haven for a conference, but his talk was cancelled.

The author’s wife, Allison Hawke, revealed that the author is receiving dental work to repair damage inflicted on the night.

McCann’s published work includes six novels and two collections of short stories. His novel, Let the Great World Spin is his best-known work, and won him the International Impac Award in 2011. He also won a literary award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and many other accolades.

A member of Aosdána, he was awarded a Chevalier des arts et lettres by the French government in 2009. He has dual American and Irish citizenship.