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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Writing News 2019

My book tour for Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence launched with a series of virtual events with Cindi Leive, Andrew Solomon, Tiffany Shlain, Farai Chideya, Liz Plank, Eileen Hoenigman Meyer, and Carrie Mae Weems.

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.

Order here and help spread the word with the assets in the toolkit:

https://bit.ly/assumenothing

Some press:

Piece I wrote for NBC News about the next wave of #MeToo and interview with Stephanie Ruhle

Piece I wrote for Glamour about how America is getting out of an abusive relationship

Piece I wrote for Cosmo about Cuomo's response to the allegations against him

The New Yorker interview with David Remnick, in which we talk about the Cuomo accusations

People Magazine interview with Sam Gillette

Time Q&A by Eliana Dockterman

Vanity Fair Q&A by Vanessa Grigoriadis

HuffPo Q&A by Emma Gray

The Guardian feature by Edward Helmore

Good Morning America interview with Janai Norman

Ten Percent Happier/ABC interview with Dan Harris

IG Live with Jessica Yellin/#NewsNotNoise

PIX11 Morning News interview with Dan Mannarino and Betty Nguyen

WNYC/All Of It with Alison Stewart

In the Thick with Maria Hinojosa

Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books with Zibby Owens

Katie Couric Media interview with Amanda Svachula

KQED/Our Body Politic with Farai Chideya

Five Books interview with Eve Gerber

Please sign up for my mailing list at the end of this page and follow @TanyaAuthor on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for updates. Library Journal reviewed the book as "a searing, yet sensitive account of vulnerability and redemption that will find a wide audience." Kirkus Reviews called Assume Nothing "a courageous and compelling example of an author writing her 'way out of the darkness.'"

Ms. Magazine included the book on its list of the 100 most anticipated releases of 2021. And it’s a top pick for February on gma.com from Zibby Owens. In addition, 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.

Kamala Harris

I am proud to have worked on this tribute video about Vice-President 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 for SheKnows about what was at stake for domestic violence survivors in the election:

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

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/

Domestic Violence during Covid-19

I wrote a piece for the New York Times about “Where Can Domestic Violence Victims Turn During Covid-19?”: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/opinion/covid-domestic-violence.html

In connection with the piece, I had the following conversations:
With Miss Universe Zozi Tunzi on Instagram Live
https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-hUR6dAyKZ
And on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=667036417381211

With Alison Stewart for ALL OF IT/WNYC

https://www.wnyc.org/story/tanya-selvaratnam-domestic-violence
With Selina MacKenzie for Talk Radio Europe
https://www.talkradioeurope.com/clients/tsalvartnam010420.mp3
With Dr. Lisa Coleman, as part of NYU Womxn100
https://www.nyu.edu/about/university-initiatives/nyuwomxn100.html

With Jenna Flanagan for METROFOCUS on WNET:

https://www.thirteen.org/metrofocus/2020/04/shelter-in-place-shelter-in-violence-lockdown-leads-to-increase-in-domestic-abuse/

AGGIE

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, and is available to stream.

Please visit https://aggiefilm.com/

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Upcoming Events

South End Library

April 27, 2021
Date TBD
7 pm ET
South End Library
Boston, MA
April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month and SEW is pleased to host Tanya Selvaratnam, who will discuss her new book, Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence.

The Rubin Museum of Art

May 5, 2021
Date TBD
6:30 pm ET
The Rubin Museum of Art
New York, NY
Conversation with Dr. Mark Epstein for the series Brainwave: AWARENESS

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