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Professor Connected


It’s 1987 and Allen Smythe has just joined the department of philosophy at St George U, and things aren’t going well. Secretly doubtful of his own merits, and still stinging from a recent breakup, he immerses himself in writing Against Hope and relies heavily on the kindness of his mentor to keep his spirits up. But although Allen may not be interested in faculty politics, faculty politics is interested in him.

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Product Description

The only thing the newest professor, Allen Smythe, wants to do is think. Think about hope (he’s against it); think about not thinking about his recent breakup. But the department’s a busy place. Frederick Ash, the prof with the Jag, is pushing his plan for Just-In-Time Philosophy. Chair Gerhardt Gerber seems to be courting an American superstar as his successor. And a young undergrad is causing Allen distress with her (possibly imaginary) infatuation.

But after a shocking faculty death, Allen finds himself immersed in the rumors and whispers of a bitter power struggle. Then a stranger shares a secret that thrusts him into an agonizing dilemma: whether to speak, or stay silent.

A comedy of manners and a tragedy of doubts, Professor Connected explores the bonds of friendship that hold us together, and the invisible wires that reel us away to our fates.

About the Author

David Hull is author of The Man Who Remembered the Moon, Professor Connected published by Dumagrad Books, the innovative Canadian literary indie press. David’s work has appeared in The Walrus, Canadian Literature, The Malahat, The Fiddlehead, ON SPEC, and other magazines and journals. He was the winner of the 1998 Prairie Fire Long Fiction competition, judged by the late Matt Cohen, and has received grants from Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils, for his upcoming novel, At Gerber’s Grave.

Additional Information


240 pg, 90,000 words




Paperback: 978-0-9937909-7-3, digital: 978-0-9937909-8-0

Release Date

February 1, 2017


David Hull


Dumagrad Books


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