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‘Between the World and Me’ coming to HBO

Ta-Nehisi Coates said in a statement that there is "no better home ... than HBO" for the adaptation of his award-winning book.
Ta-Nehisi Coates said in a statement that there is "no better home ... than HBO" for the adaptation of his award-winning book.Gabriella Demczuk/New York Times/file

HBO is going to adapt a stage version of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between the World and Me” for the small screen.

Written as a letter to Coates’s son about being Black in America, the 2015 book became a bestseller, a Pulitzer finalist, and the winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction. It was adapted for the stage in 2018 by Kamilah Forbes, who will direct the HBO version. Coates and Forbes have a long-standing friendship after meeting at Howard University. “I’ve been working with Kamilah for almost as long as I’ve been a writer,” Coates said in a statement. “I can think of no one better to put ‘Between the World and Me’ on screen and no better home for it than HBO.”

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The HBO special will feature some of the same elements of the stage production, including documentary footage, readings from the book, animation, and archival material.


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