I have discovered a new Canadian author that I felt it my duty to comment upon.:
Title of book: The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn, A Joe Barley Mystery
Author: Eric Wright, former Professor, Chair of English Department and Dean of Arts
Main character: Joe Barley, English Language Arts Sessional Instructor and Part-time Detective (to supplement his meagre Sessional Instructor pay)
Joe Barley's live-in girlfriend Carole: Loves to read and works her entire life, career and social life around her reading and how it relates to her reading (sounds a lot like me)
Joe's militant sessional-instructor activist colleague: Richard
Not to mention that the work is short and extremely funny. You don't have to work in academia to love this book. I am now reading two of his other books and he's written many.