Writer in Residence

Meet Annette Pateman, Writer in Residence with the Thunder Bay Public Library

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We hope that you have enjoyed meeting Annette Pateman during her time as the TBPL Writer in Residence. It has been a productive time for her writing and we have provided links to her books and other writing, as well as
links to presentations and readings she has done.

Thunder Bay Public Library congratulates Ms. Pateman on her recent honour by the City of Thunder Bay - she is one of the 2021 inductees in their historical archive of women who have made significant contributions to our city. You can view the youtube video of the 2021 Women's History Month induction for Annette as a racial and gender equity advocate, author, poet and educator.

Find Annette's written works on our catalogue here!


Head to TBPL's Facebook and YouTube pages to watch all of TBPL's past videos!

Past Presentations and Feature Articles:

Click the image of the event to watch/read all about it!

Final Presentation as Write in Residence (October 2021)

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Interview for TBPL Off the Shelf blog (October 2021)


Nature (September 2021)



Fairy Tales (August 2021)



Chapter 8 of the Novel in a Day ('The Dark', Blue Version)

(August 2021)


Hair and Identity (July 2021)


Come Play with Me Digital Theatre Event (July 2021)


Bayview Magazine profile of Annette Pateman (June 2021)




Anancy Stories and Folklore (May 2021)



Creative Non-Fiction Event (May 2021)






Appearance on "The National" (March 2021)

CBC News | The National



Caribbean and African Multicultural Association Thunder Bay: Black Women in Business (February 2021) 


Gizzard Media - Speak Your Future 2021 (February 2021)


Anancy and the Turtle Book Launch (February 2021)

Anancy and the Turtle: Thunder Bay author shares popular African folktale  in new children's book | CBC News


Harbourfront Readings - Northern Ontario Diaries (January 2021)


Spectrum - Book Launch and Reading (May 2020)


CBC News Article (June 2020)




TBPL Writer in Residence Recommends:


Available in our print catalogue (and in CloudLibrary)

ace-of-spades   boy-snow-bird   island-queen   the-other-black-girl   the-vanishing-half   parable


Available on cloudLibrary only:

black-water-sister     disability-visability   hood-feminism   somebody   the-gospel-of-breaking   kindred   wild-seed     1thebreaks001



The writer in residence program is funded by:


Background - Media Release

Friday, March 19, 2021  ---- The Thunder Bay Public Library is pleased to announce that we have a new Writer in Residence!  Annette Pateman will begin working with the Library as our Writer in Residence in May for approximately six months.   Annette received funding from the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) to be the Writer in Residence at TBPL and we are grateful to the OAC for their support.
This is the United Nations Decade of People of African Descent 2015-2024. The residency will be part of this and also reflect this. Annette's focus will be producing writing on Black identity and culture with elements of African and Caribbean folklore.   She will also offer author readings and participate in other special events during her residency.

The COVID19 pandemic will mean that some or all of the work may take place online.
TBPL welcomes Annette Pateman, published author of several books, including her latest, titled Anancy and the Turtle.
This project is fully funded by the Ontario Arts Council.