Ta-Nehisi Coates' stellar year

Is there a literary prize or accomplishment Coates, a West Baltimore-raised essayist known for his thoughtful and provocative ruminations on race relations in America, hasn’t landed in 2015? Last month, he won the National Book Award for nonfiction for “Between the World and Me,” a meditation on race in America written in the form of a letter to his 15-year-old son. (And honors aren’t the only things the book is collecting; it’s been on the New York Times best-seller list for 20 weeks.) Also in 2015, Coates, a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, landed a $625,000 MacArthur “genius grant” and a Polk Award for journalism, and he’s made the long list for a PEN literary award. He’s also among the writers working on David Simon’s latest project, an adaptation for HBO of local author Taylor Branch’s history of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. And in September, it was announced that Coates would be writing a series featuring superhero the Black Panther for Marvel comics.

 

Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun
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