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

Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence is out now. Please visit this page for more information, including radio and television appearances as well as book tour conversations:

https://www.tanyaturnsup.com/projects/assume-nothing-a-story-of-intimate-violence

The book has been optioned by ABC Signature/Disney Television Studios and is in development with Joanna Coles as executive producer. 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.'" Publishers Weekly said, "This gripping story is not to be missed."

The New York Times praised the book's "crisp, unadorned prose," and further said, "In methodically describing how a successful artist and activist can fall into a dark relationship with a controlling man, she is performing a rare and valuable service."

Ms. Magazine included the book on its list of the 100 most anticipated releases of 2021. And it was a top pick by Zibby Owens on gma.com.

Additional press includes interviews for the New York Times, The Tamron Hall Show, Time,

the New Yorker, People, Good Morning America, and Vanity Fair.

Please order here and help spread the word with the assets in the toolkit: https://bit.ly/assumenothing

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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

The City Club of Cleveland

June 25, 2021
Date TBD
12:30 pm ET
The City Club of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH
A conversation with Melissa Graves, CEO of the Journey for Safety and Healing, about Assume Nothing and the deep, often hidden issues many women face. Moderated by Dan Moulthrop.

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