NEW YORK (AP) - The accolades are piling up for one of the country's top writers about race.

NEW YORK (AP) The accolades are piling up for one of the country's top writers about race.

Trade publication Kirkus Reviews announced Wednesday that Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me" is a finalist for the $50,000 Kirkus Prize for nonfiction.

Coates' best-selling work on racism and police violence is framed as a letter to his teenage son. It already is a National Book Award nominee.

Coates earlier this week was among 24 recipients of MacArthur genius grants, worth $625,000.

Kirkus released a list of 18 finalists. There are six each for nonfiction, fiction and young people's literature. Nominated works also include the novels "Fates and Furies" by Lauren Groff, "A Little Life" by Hanya Yanagihara and the picture book "The New Small Person" by ?Lauren Child. ???

Winners will be announced Oct. 15. They'll each receive $50,000.