‘Between the World and Me’ author Ta-Nehisi Coates wins National Book Award …

19 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2015 National Book Award Winners Announced.

Ta-Nehisi Coates has won the 2015 National Book Award for nonfiction, it was announced on Wednesday evening, for his slim but powerful book Between the World and Me.

It dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth.” To be black in the ghetto of Coates’s youth “was to be naked before the elements of the world, before all the guns, fists, knives, crack, rape, and disease.” Throughout the book, Coates describes being in numb-inducing fear for the safety of his own body.

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