Tanya Selvaratnam is a writer, artist, and an Emmy-nominated and multiple Webby-winning producer with more than twenty-five years of experience in the arts & social justice.

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I am proud to have worked on this tribute video about Senator Harris for Glamour Women of the Year. https://www.glamour.com/video/watch/kamala-harris-tribute

Please read this editorial I wrote for The Art Newspaper about artists throwing down their gloves and getting political:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/for-the-arts-there-s-only-one-choice-in-this-election

And this one I wrote for SheKnows about what was at stake for domestic violence survivors in this election:

https://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/2364388/domestic-violence-survivors-election-2020/

Follow Arts for Biden-Harris on Facebook and Instagram:

https://www.facebook.com/ArtsForBiden/

https://www.instagram.com/artsforbiden/

Terrific article on the track record of Biden and Harris on the arts:

https://hyperallergic.com/586354/joe-biden-kamala-harris-arts/

Please also check out this conversation with the filmmakers of SURGE (Hannah Rosenzweig and Wendy Sachs), Jana Lynne Sanchez of Texas, and special guest Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DEL, Biden campaign co-chair). I moderated and am proud to be an executive producer of SURGE, now on Showtime and Amazon. https://www.facebook.com/ArtsForBiden/videos/548254519258305/

The publication date of my book Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence is scheduled for February 2021. Publishers Weekly announced the sale to Harper. Assume Nothing has been optioned by ABC Signature/Disney Television Studios and is in development with Joanna Coles as executive producer.

Pre-order here: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/assume-nothing-tanya-selvaratnam?variant=32138950049826.

And sign up for my mailing list at the end of this page and follow @TanyaAuthor on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for updates. In the meantime, you can see advance praise in this piece by Virginia Heffernan in the Los Angeles Times and this conversation with Miss Universe Zozi Tunzi about the signs of an abusive relationship.

I helped produce Night of Solidarity - stories, songs, and conversations to stand with survivors of domestic violence, deepening understanding of this issue and offering solutions. Hosted by Tamron Hall and featuring Melissa Benoist, Shan Boodram, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Gloria Gaynor, Carrie Goldberg, Angelique Kidjo, Padma Lakshmi, J.R. Martinez, MILCK, Chanel Miller, Tony Porter, Rachel Louise Snyder, Zozibini Tunzi, Gabrielle Union, and more, the event premiered on May 13, 2020 on Refinery29's YouTube channel: bit.ly/nightofsolidarity

I produced a documentary by Catherine Gund about her mother, the renowned art collector and philanthropist Agnes Gund, who sold a $165 million Lichtenstein painting to start the Art for Justice Fund to fight mass incarceration. AGGIE had its world premiere at Sundance 2020: https://www.sundance.org/projects/aggie. Then, it played at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA, and at MoMA as part of Doc Fortnight, and made the festival rounds. In October 2020, the film opened virtually at Film Forum in New York and dozens of cinemas around the country.

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Upcoming Events

The Strand

February 22, 2021
Date TBD
7 pm ET
The Strand
New York, NY
Book launch of "Assume Nothing" - a conversation with journalist and USC Annenberg fellow Cindi Leive, in partnership with The Meteor

Politics & Prose

February 24, 2021
Date TBD
6 pm ET
Politics & Prose Bookstore
Washington, DC
Book launch of "Assume Nothing" - a conversation with multimedia journalist Farai Chideya

Barbara's Books

February 25, 2021
Date TBD
6 pm CT
Barbara's Books
Chicago, IL
Book launch of "Assume Nothing" - a conversation with journalist Eileen Hoenigman Meyer

Skylight Books

February 25, 2021
Date TBD
6:30 pm PT
Skylight Books
Los Angeles, CA
Book launch of "Assume Nothing"

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