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Baltimore native Ta-Nehisi Coates a finalist for 2016 PEN Literary Awards

Baltimore native Ta-Nehisi Coates a finalist for 2016 PEN Literary Awards

The honors keep rolling in for the Baltimore-born author Ta-Nehisi Coates. He is one of five authors placed on the shortlist for the 2016 PEN Literary Awards' essay award, which carries a $10,000 prize.

Coates was recognized for his memoir, "Between the World and Me," a searing account of racism written in the form of a letter to the author's teenage son.

The winners of the prestigious prizes in several of the eight categories, including Coates' category, will be announced at a ceremony April 11 in New York. The remaining winners will be divulged March 1.

“This year’s shortlist...

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