Ta-Nehisi Coates is a finalist for National Book Award

NEW YORK (AP) — “Between the World and Me,” Ta-Nehisi Coates’ blunt and impassioned letter to his son about racism and police violence, is a finalist for the National Book Awards.

Coates’ book, one of the top sellers this summer, is among 10 nominees announced Wednesday by the National Book Foundation.

The longlist also includes poet Tracy K. Smith’s memoir “Ordinary Light,” photographer Sally Mann’s “Hold Still” and environmental journalist Cynthia Barnett’s “Rain: A Natural and Cultural History.”

Judges will narrow the list to five on Oct. 14, with the winner to be announced Nov. 18 in New York City. The fiction longlist will be released Thursday.