Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. His cover story for the magazine on slavery and race, “The Case for Reparations,” was one of the most compelling talked-about pieces of nonfiction in recent memory, and the recipient of the prestigious George Polk Award. But it was Between the World and Me that propelled Coates to international attention. Written as a letter to his son, the book is an exploration of racial history, with an eloquence and urgency reminiscent of James Baldwin’s prose. Coates is also the author of The Beautiful Struggle, a memoir of growing up in Baltimore during the age of crack, and the essay collection We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy.