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Ta-Nehisi Coates wins National Book Award for 'Between the World and Me'

Ta-Nehisi Coates wins National Book Award for 'Between the World and Me'

Baltimore native Ta-Nehisi Coates won the National Book Award for nonfiction Wednesday for “Between the World and Me,” his best-selling meditation on race and police violence in the United States, written in the form of a letter to his 15-year-old son.

It was the latest honor in a year of accolades for Coates, a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine. In September, he was awarded a $625,000 “genius grant” as a 2015 fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

In July, 600 people packed Baltimore’s Union Baptist Church to see Coates speak during the launch of “Between the World and Me.”

“I wrote...

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