Frank Parker Day

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Frank Parker Day (9 May 1881 at Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia – 30 July 1950 at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia) was a Canadian athlete, academic and author.

Since Day's father was a Methodist minister who moved to a new congregation every three years, Day spent his youth living throughout Nova Scotia, living in Wallace, Acadia Mines, Mahone Bay, Boylston, and Lockeport.

When he was seventeen, Day attended Pictou Academy and from there went on to earn a BA from Mount Allison University. He later won a Rhodes Scholarship, studying at Oxford University. Day was an athlete, and won the Oxford-Cambridge Heavyweight Championship. Returning to Canada, he embarked on an academic career, teaching English at the University of New Brunswick, before being appointed president of Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Day served in the Canadian Army, where he played a crucial role in recruiting and training of the Cape Breton Highlanders. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel while on the battlefield of Amiens in 1918.[1]

His novel Rockbound was chosen for inclusion in Canada Reads 2005, championed by Donna Morrissey. Rockbound eventually won the competition.[2]


  • The Autobiography of a Fisherman
  • River of Strangers
  • Rockbound
  • John Paul's Rock


  1. ^ Gwendolyn Davies, "Afterword", Rockbound, University of Toronto Press (1989), p. 297-299.
  2. ^ "Rockbound Headed for Victory" CBC Radio February 25, 2005

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