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:
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."
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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:
And this one for SheKnows about what was at stake for domestic violence survivors in the election:
Terrific article on the track record of Biden and Harris on the 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/
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
And on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=667036417381211
With Alison Stewart for ALL OF IT/WNYC
With Selina MacKenzie for Talk Radio Europe
With Dr. Lisa Coleman, as part of NYU Womxn100
With Jenna Flanagan for METROFOCUS on WNET:
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/
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.
I executive produced and directed Glamour Women of the Year videos. The ceremony took place on November 11, 2019 at Lincoln Center. You can read the announcement here: https://www.glamour.com/story/women-of-the-year-2019-honorees. The honorees were Margaret Atwood, Tory Burch, Ava DuVernay, the women of RAICES(Lucia Allain, Erika Andiola, Mayra Jimenez, and Andrea Meza), Megan Rapinoe, Yara Shahidi, Charlize Theron, and Greta Thunberg. Please click on a name to view the video. You can also check out 2018 videos that I made with Lucy Walker about Viola Davis, Betty Reid Soskin, Chrissy Teigen, Manal al-Sharif, and Kamala Harris, as well as the intro video for the event.
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 helped produce the For Freedoms Congress from February 28 to March 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Japanese American National Museum, and Hammer Museum.
I was at the 2019 Glamour Women of the Year Summit in conversation with Megan Twohey, Carrie Goldberg, and moderator Zain Asher (CNN). Please read about the panel here: https://www.glamour.com/story/me-too-two-years-later. The Summit lineup was stellar with E. Jean Carroll, Ilana Glazer, Jameela Jamil, Judith Light, and many more: https://glamourwoty.com/the-summit/
I was a producer for the first-ever convening of The Vision & Justice Project founded by Professor Sarah Lewis. From April 25 to 26, 2019 at Harvard University, the Project brought together leading voices in criminal justice reform and the arts, including Bryan Stevenson, Elizabeth Alexander, David Adjaye, Wynton Marsalis, Ava DuVernay, Agnes Gund, Darren Walker, Hank Willis Thomas, Deborah Willis, Theaster Gates, Alexandra Bell, Jelani Cobb, Naomi Wadler, Yara Shahidi, Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean, Carrie Mae Weems, and many more.
For the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, I helped produce a Sundance For Freedoms Town Hall. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay, performer and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili, Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas, artist/co-founder of Black Lives Matter Patrisse Cullors, and playwright and performer Lisa Kron (Fun Home) joined Tabitha Jackson, Eric Gottesman, and myself to talk about "Can Art Save Democracy?". Images can be seen here.
Then at the 2019 Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England, I helped produce a second Sundance For Freedoms Town Hall. Moderated by Brenda Coughlin, the participants included Shirley Abraham, Holly Gordon, Judy Kibinge, Jennifer Pahlka, and Indhu Rubasingham.
At the 2019 AWP Conference in Portland, Oregon, I moderated a conversation between authors Julie Buntin, Susan Choi, and Sharma Shields. The event was sponsored by Henry Holt/Macmillan.
In June 2019, I did a reading/performance at the Deep Water Literary Fest in Narrowsburg, New York. The theme was Grimm's Fairy Tales, and I took on "Snow White."
At the 2018 Brooklyn Book Festival, I was on a panel with Maggie Mustard, A.O. Scott, and Deborah Solomon. The event was named by The Cut/New York as one of the most memorable moments of the Festival. You can see the video here.
I moderated a discussion at the International Center of Photography with Daughters of the Movement: Gina Belafonte, daughter of Julie and Harry Belafonte; Suzanne Kay, daughter of Diahann Carroll; Stacy Lynch, daughter of Bill Lynch; Hasna Muhammad, daughter of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee; Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz; Dominique Sharpton, daughter of Reverend Al Sharpton; and Keisha Sutton-James, granddaughter of Percy Sutton. The event was featured in Amsterdam News, and Brea Baker wrote about it for ELLE magazine.