Ta-Nehisi Coates can't explain why so many white readers love his writing, but Pam Kelley, a reporter for the Charlotte Observer, suggests that readers are attracted by the way Coates crafts his sentences and how he uses a combination of historical analysis and personal narrative to illustrate the ways in which consequences of the past are still felt today.
His new, bestselling memoir, "Between the World and Me," is written in the form of a letter to his 14-year-old son; it explores the truth of what it means to be black in America. While these truths are ugly, Coates uses them to help readers understand racism and violence in America.
Coates will deliver Davidson's annual Reynolds Lecture at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, in the Belk Arena. Tickets are free and available at the Union Ticket Office or online here for a $3 service fee.