|National Book Award 2015 Winners|
Ta-Nehisi Coates dedicated his recent National Book Award for nonfiction for Between the World and Me to his college friend, Prince Jones, who was killed 15 years ago by police when he was mistaken for a criminal.
"I'm a black man in America. I can't punish that officer," Coates said during his acceptance speech. "I can't secure the safety of my son. [But] I do have the power to say you won't enroll me in this lie. You won't make me a part of it."
In the book, Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of personal awakenings.
The award for fiction went to Fortune Smiles: Stories
by Adam Johnson. The collection of stories delves deeply into love, loss, the decisions we make for ourselves, and the decisions we make for others.
The finalists for nonfiction were Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast; No Good Men Among the Living by Anand Gopal; Tennessee Williams by John Lahr; and The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson.Threatened by Eliot Schrefer; The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin; Noggin by John Corey Whaley; and Revolution by Deborah Wiles.