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.
My book Assume Nothing: A Memoir of Intimate Violence (Henry Holt and Co.) is available for pre-order: https://static.macmillan.com/static/holt/assume-nothing/. Due to this time of uncertainty, the exact publication date is TBD, not April 7. Please see advance praise in Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Bitch Media, and a piece by Virginia Heffernan in the Los Angeles Times. It was also featured by podcast host Zibby Owens in her list of new releases: https://bookshop.org/lists/zibby-s-picks-coronavirus-new-releases-march-april. 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.
Marin Cogan did a profile of me for the Washington Post Magazine. I wrote Kindness and Clarity for McSweeney’s. I did a reading of this piece at a night hosted by McSweeney’s at Housing Works Bookstore in NYC. And I wrote about the Exonerated Five and Ava DuVernay's powerful series WHEN THEY SEE US for Glamour. Also, in connection with my first book The Big Lie, I've been cited in many articles, including by Ruth La Ferla in the New York Times; Elizabeth Chuck in NBC News; and Kaitlyn Tiffany in the Verge.
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.