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Coates wins award

''Between the World and Me,'' Ta-Nehisi Coates's brief, unflinching meditation on race and police violence, won the National Book Award for nonfiction on Wednesday night. The fiction prize was given to Adam Johnson's ''Fortune Smiles,'' an eclectic and edgy story collection set everywhere from the former East Germany to a Louisiana community reeling from Hurricane Katrina. Coates dedicated his honor to his friend Prince Jones, who was killed by police 15 years ago, a tragedy at the core of ''Between the World and Me.'' The young people's literature prize went to Neal Shusterman's ''Challenger Deep,'' inspired by his son's struggles with mental illness as a teenager, while Robin Coste Lewis's debut collection, ''Voyage of the Sable Venus,'' was cited for poetry. All winners received $10,000. (AP)

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