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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Due to this time of uncertainty, the exact publication date of my book Assume Nothing: A Memoir of Intimate Violence is TBD 2020. Please sign up for my mailing list at the end of this page and follow @TanyaAuthor on Twitter and Instagram for updates. In the meantime, please see advance praise in Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Bitch Media, and a piece by Virginia Heffernan in the Los Angeles Times. When the book can come out, I will be making a number of appearances. Please stay tuned for details about these events: Lingua Franca Bleecker Street store in New York City; Politics & Prose in Washington, DC; the Rubin Museum in New York City; Book Passage in San Francisco, CA; Powell's City of Books in Portland, OR; and the Daya Gala in Houston, TX.

I wanted to write something that could be helpful in these challenging circumstances, and so I have a piece in the New York Times about “Where Can Domestic Violence Victims Turn During Covid-19?.” Please read and share: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/opinion/covid-domestic-violence.html

Miss Universe Zozi Tunzi and I had a conversation about this issue on Instagram Live: https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-hUR6dAyKZ

You can also watch it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=667036417381211

And Talk Radio Europe had me on The Lifestyles Show with Selina MacKenzie: https://www.talkradioeurope.com/clients/tsalvartnam010420.mp3

In honor of Women's History Month, MZ Wallace and Lingua Franca launched a collaboration Metro Tote, with proceeds benefiting the organization She Should Run. I am one of the spokespeople: https://linguafranca.nyc/collections/lf-x-mzw/products/tanya-selvaratnam-1

I completed production on a documentary by Catherine Gund about her mother, the renowned art collector and philanthropist Agnes Gund. Aggie sold a $165 million Lichtenstein painting to start the Art for Justice Fund to fight mass incarceration. AGGIE the movie had its world premiere at Sundance 2020: https://www.sundance.org/projects/aggie. It played at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA, on February 11 and at MoMA as part of Doc Fortnight on February 18. The film will open at Film Forum in New York on September 9, 2020.

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Upcoming Events

Tanya Selvaratnam - Assume Nothing: A Memoir of Intimate Violence

April 9, 2020
Date TBD
Politics & Prose Bookstore
The Wharf, Washington, DC

Untangling Abusive Relationships

April 13, 2020
Date TBD
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The Rubin Museum of Art
New York, NY
In conversation with Dr. Mark Epstein -The ticket price includes the purchase of my book.

Powell's City of Books

April 23, 2020
Date TBD
Powell's City of Books
Portland, Oregon
In conversation with Professor Sarah Dougher

Book Passage

April 23, 2020
Date TBD
Book Passage
San Francisco, CA
In conversation with Tiffany Shlain

Lingua Franca

July 1, 2020
Date TBD
Lingua Franca
New York, NY
In conversation with founder Rachelle Hruska

Daya Gala 2020

September 12, 2020
Date TBD
Houston, TX
Keynote speaker






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