Media and Appearances
Author Don Keith is available for speaking and presentations to groups of all kinds, either in person or via Skype. For info, details, and potential topics, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming events in support of books by author Don Keith:
August 19 - 20, 2017
Huntsville Hamfest and Alabama Section ARRL Convention, VonBraun Civic Center, Huntsville, Alabama. 8 AM to 3 PM daily - booth number 40, signing amateur radio books, RIDING THE SHORTWAVES, GET ON THE AIR...NOW!, and THE AMATEUR RADIO DICTIONARY, plus other select titles including the latest historical non-fiction works, THE SHIP THAT WOULDN'T DIE and THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Alabama Broadcasters Association annual convention, Wynfrey Hotel, Hoover, Alabama. 9 AM - 3 PM. Along with members of the Alabama Historical Radio Society, Don will
be in the AHRS booth, which will feature equipment on display from the home studio of legendary radio broadcaster Joe Rumore. Don will be discussing his own experiences working with Rumore at WVOK-AM 690 in Birmingham, Alabama.
June 30, July 1 and 2, 2017
Alabama Writers' Conclave, Hoover, Alabama. Don Keith will be a faculty member, conducting a workshop on "Writing a thriller: how many ways can you say, 'Boo?'" For more info on this event, click HERE.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Atlanta Hamfestival, 8 AM - 3 PM, selling and signing books including RIDING THE SHORTWAVES, GET ON THE AIR...NOW!, and THE AMATEUR RADIO DICTIONARY. Plus other WWII titles. Table 50 in main exhibit area. Jim Miller Park, Marietta, GA See event web site for details and directions.
March 3 and 4, 2017
BirmingHamfest, Birmingham, Alabama, amateur radio event, Zamora Shrine Temple, Ratliff Road. 4 - 7PM Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM Saturday. Don will be there with ham radio and other books, signing. Click HERE for directions, forum schedule, and more..
February 21, 2017
Alabama Booksmith, Homewood/Birmingham, Alabama, special event for the new book by George Saunders, "Lincoln in the Bardo". 5 to 7 PM. Don Keith, along with other Birmingham writers, will be reading passages from the book under the direction of Mr. Saunders.
January 27 - 28, 2017
Capital City Hamfest, Jackson, Mississippi. Jackson Trade Mart, table I-7. Friday (5PM - 8 PM) and Saturday (8AM - 4PM), January 27 and 28, 2017. Signing books.
January 26, 2017
Vestavia Hills, Alabama, Public Library, 10AM--With Edie Hand and friends, book signing, Q&A, and screening of the documentary film "The Last Ride," inspired by Don's book with Edie, THE LAST CHRISTMAS RIDE. For more info, visit the library web site calendar.
After-event photo: Those who were a part of the "Christmas Ride" documentary gather after the screening and Edie's presentation. That is former First Lady of the State of Alabama, Mrs. Bob Riley, sixth from left, Edie Hand (in dark suit with large pendant), and Don Keith, the only guy in the bunch, third from right.
January 7, 2017
8 AM to 1 PM -- Blount County Amateur Radio Club Freeze Fest. Locust Fork High School, Locust Fork, Alabama. Signing Amateur Radio books.
November 19, 2016
Anniversary Celebration for USS Drum Museum Submarine -- 11 AM, USS Alabama Battleship Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile, Alabama. Don wrote about the Drum in FINAL PATROL, his book on the 17 WWII submarines that are now museum ships.
See the news release for this event below:
Noted Submarine Author to Conduct Book-signing Event at USS Drum Anniversary Celebration
Award-winning and best-selling author Don Keith will take part in a book-signing event as part of the 75th anniversary celebration for the WWII submarine USS Drum on Saturday, November 19th, at 11 AM in Mobile, Alabama. Keith will be signing copies of FINAL PATROL, his book detailing the stories of each of the seventeen World War II submarines around the country that are now open to the public as museum vessels. That, of course, includes the Drum, a major feature at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile.
Also signing books will be Tom Bowser, author of the book THE THREE LIVES OF THE USS DRUM: THE OLDEST U.S. SUBMARINE LEFT IN THE WORLD. Bowser has been instrumental in helping restore the historic submarine.
The signing event will take place in the park’s Aircraft Pavilion immediately following the 11 AM anniversary ceremony. Copies of the books will be available for purchase in The Ship’s Store souvenir shop.
Submarine Review, the official journal of the Naval Submarine League, has said, "Don Keith should rightly be regarded as the most prolific current historian of U.S. submarine history.”
John Sledge, writing in the Mobile Press Register, calls Keith’s submarine works, "Riveting. That's the best word to describe the white-knuckle tension and drama that Don Keith delivers. (He) writes in an engaging, you-are-there style calculated to bring the reader to the edge of his seat."
Booklist says of FINAL PATROL, "Keith readably tells the stories of the 16 American (and one German) submarines preserved from World War II...Keith's style (is) engaging."
In a review in the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings Magazine, Col. Gordon W. Keiser, U.S. Marine Corps (retired) wrote, "An award-winning author has compiled great summaries of U.S. subs and their crews. FINAL PATROL is a first-class work."
Keith has written extensively on World War II history as well as other subjects, both fiction and non-fiction, and has published more than thirty books. His submarine thriller, FIRING POINT, is now in production as a major motion picture titled HUNTER KILLER, and will be in theaters in 2017, starring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman. His book THE ICE DIARIES, the story of the USS Nautilus and her historic voyage through the North Pole in 1958, was submitted for consideration for the Pulitzer Prize.
Keith has a strong Mobile connection. He was once a co-owner of radio station 92.1 WZEW-FM.
November 5 - 6, 2016
Stone Mountain, Georgia, Hamfest -- Lawrenceville (Atlanta area), Georgia -- 8 AM - 4 PM Saturday, 8 AM - 2 PM Sunday. Signing Amateur Radio books and more.
October 22, 2016
Chattanooga, Tennessee, Hamfest -- 8 AM - 2 PM -- Signing amateur radio books at vendor table #B-50 and conducting a forum on "How to get the most from the hobby of ham radio" -- forum time and location to be determined.
October 8, 2016
HELENA, ALABAMA, HAMFEST. 8 AM - 1 PM, signing copies of Amateur Radio books and more.
September 7, 2016
University of Alabama Amateur Radio Club -- Tuscaloosa, Alabama 6 PM - 8 PM - Speaking at new-member social, signing Ham Radio books
August 20, 2016
Author Don Keith receives William Leonard Profesional Media Award at Huntsville, Alabama, Event.
Don Keith (who holds Amateur Radio license N4KC) was recently honored with the William Leonard W2SKE Professional Media Award
by the hobby's national organiztion, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). (Leonard was president of CBS News and an active ham radio operator.) The award goes to writers and journalists who do stories about the hobby of ham radio. Keith's award was for an article that appeared in THE AMERICAN LEGION MAGAZINE about how the veterans' organization achieves its mission of public service and disaster preparedness with the help of their many Amateur Radio members.
Here, ARRL Southeastern Division Director Doug Rehman K4AC presents Don Keith with the award plaque at the Huntsville, Alabama, Hamfest, held on August 20 - 21, 2016.
Keith has also written three books about the hobby of Amateur Radio as well as fiction and non-fiction on subjects such as World War II history, submarines, NASCAR racing, college football, biographies, and more. Keith is a former broadcaster and has won many awards for his journalistic efforts.
August 20 - 21, 2016
Huntsville, Alabama - Huntsville Hamfest - Don will be signing books in Von Braun South Hall at table #245. Books available will include the three latest Amateur Radio publications as well as fiction and non-fiction titles.
July 30, 2016
HamQuest 2016 - Lebanon, Tennessee. Wilson County Fairgrounds. 8 AM - 4 PM. Amateur radio event. Don will be signing all Ham Radio books.
April 21, 2016
April 16, 2016
Homewood Historical Society, Homewood, Alabama -- 10 AM, Homewood Public Library. Speaking to group, signing books.
April 13, 2016
Alabama Library Association State Convention 210 at the Tracks – 210 Locust Street, Gadsden, Alabama In the booth of vendor University of North Texas Department of Library and Information Sciences 4 PM to 8 PM Signing books and meeting attendees
March 4 and 5, 2016
January 30, 2016
Linebaugh Library System, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, speak to members-only luncheon, sign books. 11 AM to 1 PM. Alternate/snow date: February 6, 2016
October 31, 2015
CHATTANOOGA HAMFEST, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 8 AM to 3 PM. Signing books, including RIDING THE SHORTWAVES, and conducting a seminar on how to reach prospective radio hams. For more info and a map to the location, click HERE.
Don Keith N4KC does a forum at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, Hamfest, Halloween, October 31, 2015. Don's presentation was "Getting the Most from Amateur Radio," based on his books, RIDING THE SHORTWAVES: EXPLORING THE MAGIC OF AMATEUR RADIO, GET ON THE AIR...NOW!, and THE AMATEUR RADIO DICTIONARY.
October 10, 2015
HELENA, ALABAMA, HAMFEST - 8 AM until noon, Buck Creek Park, 4151 Helena Road. Signing books, including the new Amateur Radio books, GET ON THE AIR...NOW! and THE AMATEUR RADIO DICTIONARY. For info on the event: www.helenahamfest.com
September 9, 2015
Speak to University of Alabama Amateur Radio Club, 6 PM. Talk about obstacles many perceive keeping them from joining the hobby of ham radio. Also offering and signing two new ham radio books, GET ON THE AIR...NOW! and THE AMATEUR RADIO DICTIONARY, plus Don's previous book RIDING THE SHORTWAVES.
August 29, 2015
Book signing- Bessemer Public Library, 400 19th Street North, Bessemer, AL 35020. Along with other local authors, Don will be signing many of his books including THE SHIP THAT WOULDN'T DIE, FIRING POINT (soon to be a major motion picture), and RIDING THE SHORTWAVES: EXPLORING THE MAGIC OF AMATEUR RADIO. 10 AM - 3 PM. Event helps support the library.
Don Keith at author event at Bessemer Public Library, Bessemer, Alabama.
August 15-16, 2015
HUNTSVILLE HAMFEST -- Huntsville, Alabama, 8 AM - 3 PM each day. Signing books at largest amateur radio get-together in the Southeast. VonBraun Civic Center. See http://www.hamfest.org for more information.
April 23, 2015
"Legends of Broadcasting" event -- Alabama Historical Radio Society -- Birmingham, Alabama, 9 AM to 2 PM
April 7, 2015
Author Don Keith at publication event for THE SHIP THAT WOULDN'T DIE at Alabama Booksmith, April 2015
(Photo left, courtesy John Miller. Photo below, courtesy Dennis Dease.)
October 16, 2014
University of Alabama Amateur Radio Club, Mineral Industries Building, Room 337, University of Alabama Campus, Tuscaloosa, Alabama -- 6 PM, speaking, signing books
October 13, 2014
Most of the e-book editions of Don Keith's books have now been made available for personalization and "signing" by the author through Authorgraph.com. Visit Authorgraph's Don Keith author page for more details.
October 11, 2014
Helena (Alabama) Hamfest -- downtown Helena, Alabama, at the Amphitheater at Buck Creek, 8 AM to 1 PM, signing books
August 16-17, 2014
Huntsville, Alabama, Hamfest -- Don will be signing books in a booth (booth number 80) throughout the event, including RIDING THE SHORTWAVES: EXPLORING THE MAGIC OF AMATEUR RADIO, FIRING POINT, and others.
Don Keith manning the table at the Huntsville, Alabama, Hamfest, August 16-17, 2014. (Photo by David Black KB4KCH)
August 15, 2014
Speaking to Information Engineering Management master's degree program students at University of Alabama at Birmingham. (Not open to the public.)
June 13 - 14, 2014
Secret City Festival, Oak Ridge, Tennessee -- Don will be in the booth of the Smoky Mountain Base of the United States Submarine Veterans at this huge festival, and will also speak at the Tolling of the Bells ceremony on Saturday, June 14, at 10 AM at the Commemorative Walk.
January 24, 25
Jackson, Mississippi, Capital City Hamfest, at table H-7. Visit the event web site for more details.
November 30 -- 10 AM to Noon
Don will join other authors at The Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham/Homewood, Alabama, for a special American Express small-business event. For any purchase made at a small business that day using their card, American Express will credit the user's account up to $10. Contact the store for details and restrictions.
2013 International Conference on World War II , World War II Museum and Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, Louisiana. Panel member and booksigning. Click HERE to visit the official conference web site and to watch a LIVE STREAM of Don's presentation as well as other sessions.
Don appears in a documentary, "Against the Tide," that airs on Showtime at 9 PM CST. (The documentary will air multiple times after that and will also eventually be available on-demand and through other video outlets.)
October 24 -- 7 PM
October 12 -- 9 AM to 1 PM
Helena Hamfest, Helena, Alabama, signing.
September 26 -- 5 - 7 PM
Publication event for MATTIE C.'S BOY, Alabama Booksmith, Homewood, Alabama. Shelley Stewart will be present as well.
September 19 -- 7 PM
Speaking: Smoky Mountain Base, United States Submarine Veterans, Uncle Buck's Restaurant, Bass Pro Shops, Knoxville, TN
Dayton Hamvention, Dayton, OH -- Table with copies of RIDING THE SHORTWAVES: EXPLORING THE MAGIC OF AMATEUR RADIO will be at the QRP Amateur Radio Club headquarters hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, Fairborn, OH, and at the vendors' event Thursday night. Don will also be doing a signing event at the ARRL booth in the main exhibit hall at Hara Arena, Friday and Saturday, 11 AM each day. See http://www.arrl.org/news/meet-the-authors-at-arrl-expo-in-dayton for more info.
Don Keith N4KC (center) at Dayton Hamvention, May 2013, along with fellow authors Eric Nichols KL7AJ (left)
and Martin Ewing AA6E.(right).
May 2 and 3
BirmingHAMFest, Birmingham, Alabama. Exhibitor.
Don Keith at booth at BirmingHamFest 2013, in support of RIDING THE SHORTWAVES:
EXPLORING THE MAGIC OF AMATEUR RADIO, FIRING POINT, and other books.
February 9 -- Noon
Speaking and signing books, USSVI USS Haddo Base meeting, Cleveland, Tennessee (submarine veterans' group).
November 26 -- 7 PM
Speaking, Alabama Historical Radio Society, Birmingham, Alabama.
November 11 -- 12:30 PM
Speaking, Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Homewood, Alabama, annual Veterans' Day banquet (books will be available for sale and signing)
October 14 -- 2 PM
Speaking to Birmingham Record Collectors in support of all books, including new eBook and paperback editions of WIZARD OF THE WIND. Homewood Public Library, Oxmoor Road, Homewood, Alabama.
October 6 -- 7 AM to 2 PM
MFJ Open House and Day in the Park, McKee Park, Starkville, Mississippi, signing all books, including RIDING THE SHORTWAVES: EXPLORING THE MAGIC OF AMATEUR RADIO.
September 7 -- 11 AM to 1 PM
Nexcom Navy Exchange (with George Wallace) , 1560 Mall Drive, Building #CD13, Norfolk, Virginia (Norfolk Naval Base). Signing.
September 3 - 7
United States Submarine Veterans Convention, Marriott Waterside, Norfolk, VA (Don and co-author George Wallace will be in the vendor area most of the week, signing books, including the new FIRING POINT).
Don Keith and George Wallace at USSVI Convention (Photo: Penny Wallace). Don Keith visits with attendees at the United States Submarine Veterans convention in Norfolk, Virginia, September 2012 (Photos: Charlene Keith)./p>
August 18-19 -- 9 AM to 5 PM
Huntsville, Alabama Hamfest and Alabama ARRL Section Convention, VonBraun Civic Center, table 252. Signing.
FIRING POINT and FINAL BEARING co-author George Wallace at signing event at Henderson Hall
Marine Corps Exchange near Arlington Cemetery in Washington, DC.
Huntsville (Alabama) Hamfest -- table with copies of RIDING THE SHORTWAVES, plus other books.
Don at Huntsville Hamfest, 2013
Don's co-author, George Wallace, will be making a number of appearances in the Washington, DC, area in support of the release of FIRING POINT. Visit George's web site by clicking HERE to see details and to learn more about him.
May 15 -- Noon
Speaking and signing, Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, Harbert Center, 4th Avenue North.
November 26 -- 10:30 AM & 5:30 PM EST, and November 27 -- 7 PM EST
November 17 -- 6:30 PM
Signing and speaking, Friends of the Library, Decatur Public Library, 504 Cherry St. NE, Decatur, AL
November 15 -- 4 PM
Signing and speaking, Alabama Booksmith, 2626 19th Place South, Homewood (Birmingham), Alabama. This is not only the kickoff publication party for the new book, UNDERSEA WARRIOR, but is also the second event in a three-day salute to veterans, also featuring Tom Brokaw and Winston Groom ("Forest Gump" and several military history works).
September 8 -- 7 PM
Presenter at Minnesota World War II History Roundtable, Historic Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota. A number of World War II submarine veterans have also been invited to participate.
April 29 -- Noon to 1 PM
Speak to luncheon for the SubRonSix submarine veterans' convention, Virginia Beach, Virginia, signing and visiting all weekend in the reception area.
April 29 -- 5 to 7 PM
Signing at the Navy Exchange, Norfolk Submarine Base, Norfolk, Virginia
April 28 - 30
Smoke Boat Sisters/SubRon Six Reunion, Virginia Beach, Virginia -- Speaking (Noon, April 29) and signing books
March 26 -- 10:30 AM
Volunteer Base, United States Submarine Veterans INC., Murfreesboro, TN -- speaking, signing.
Author Don Keith's very first book-signing event in 1995 at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, Alabama, in support of his first novel, THE FOREVER SEASON. It was, coincidentally, the store's very first author event as well. Since then, Don has done hundreds of events, speaking, signing, and supporting his books all over the USA. And Alabama Booksmith, one of the country's true literary treasures, has hosted literally hundreds of authors.
March 22 -- 5 to 7 PM
With Rick and Bubba at Books-A-Million, Hoover Commons, Birmingham, Alabama, signing
February 17 -- 7 PM
Birmingham Postcard Collectors, Trinity Methodist Church, Oxmoor Road, Homewood, speaking, signing.
December 14 -- 7 PM
Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest, signing with Edie Hand and other Edie co-authors. (Don is second from the right in the photo below)
November 13 -- 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Christmas Jubilee (Mobile, Alabama, Junior League benefit event), Gulf Coast Fairgrounds, Mobile, Alabama (Don Keith with Edie Hand), signing various books.
November 9 -- 7 PM
Hoover Public Library, Hoover, Alabama, speaking and signing various books as part of Veterans Day.
October 16 -- All Day
Helena, Alabama, amateur radio hamfest
Don Keith (center) at Helena, Alabama, amateur radio hamfest, visiting with Martha Green K4MHG (left) and Dennis Dease N4NR (right). Photo by John Miller KI4VVM.
September 11 -- 1 to 3 PM
Paul Bear Bryant Museum, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, signing BEAR: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF COACH PAUL "BEAR" BRYANT (prior to the Alabama Crimson Tide-Penn State football game).
September 1 - 4
United States Submarine Veterans Convention, Cincinatti, Ohio -- vendor hall, signing (9 AM to 5 PM daily)
April 28 -- 6:30 AM
WIAT-TV, Channel 42, CBS, Birmingham, Alabama -- "Wake Up Alabama" interview
April 21 -- 12 Noon
Friends of Bryan Public Library luncheon, 338 Commerce Street, West Point, Mississippi -- speaking
April 6 -- 8 AM
The Rick and Bubba Show (check their website for stations in your area), interview.
April 6 -- 4 to 6 PM
December 19 -- 2 to 4 PM
With Edie Hand, Sam's Club, Cox Creek Parkway, Florence, Alabama
Don Keith (Jeffery Addison) and Edie Hand at booksigning at Sam's Club in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
December 17 -- 5 to 7 PM
With Edie Hand, Coldwater Books, 101 West 6th Street, Tuscumbia, Alabama
December 17 -- Noon to 2 PM
With Edie Hand, Noon to 2 PM, Books-A-Million, Florence, Alabama
December 16 -- 4:30 PM
Interview on WVUA-TV, Channel 23, Tuscaloosa/Birmingham, Alabama
December 5 -- Noon to 2 PM
With Edie Hand, Waldenbooks, Jasper Mall, Jasper, Alabama
November 14 -- 9:30 AM to Noon
Junior League Christmas Jubilee, Gulf Coast Fairgrounds, Mobile, Alabama
November 12 -- 8 AM
WKRG-TV interview, Mobile, Alabama
November 7 -- 9 AM to 5 PM
Kentucky Book Fair, Frankfort Convention Center, Frankfort, Kentucky
November 3 -- 7 to 8:30 PM
With Edie Hand, Books-A-Million, Brookwood Village Shopping Center, Homewood, Alabama
October 31 -- 2 to 4 PM
With Edie Hand, Sam's Club, Skyland Boulevard, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
October 31 -- 10 AM to Noon
With Edie Hand, Sam's Club, Lakeshore Drive, Homewood, Alabama
Edie and Jeffery (Don) debut the new RIDE books at Page and Palette, Fairhope, Alabama
March 28 -- 9 AM to 3 PM
Participant and master of ceremonies, Alabama Bound, Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham, Alabama
February 26 -- 7 PM
Presentation, Shelby County, Alabama, Amateur Radio Club, Hoover, Alabama.
January 6 -- 9 AM
Presentation, New Horizons group, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
October 1 -- 10:30 AM CDST
Interview, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, nationally syndicated radio program. Click HERE to listen to or download a podcast of this interview.
September 25 to 27
Reunion of former crewmembers of USS Nautilus, Groton, CT
U.S. Submarine Veterans National Convention, Ft. Worth, Texas. Vendor area in the convention hotel.
August 28 -- 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM
Interview, East Alabama Today, WJXS-TV 24, Anniston/Jacksonville, Alabama.
August 27 -- Noon
Speak to Y Men's Group, downtown YMCA, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
August 5 -- 6 PM
August 5 -- Midnight until ? EDST
August 5 -- 7 AM EDST
WPIX-TV CW11, New York City, interview (click HERE to see an article about this appearance on the station's web site)
August 2 and 3
Vignettes about the Nautilus 50th anniversary, including interviews with Don, airing on the CBS Radio Network nationally, interview available as a podcast at the web sites of many CBS affiliates around the country.
August 2 and 3
Special amateur radio operating event using call sign N9N from Submarine Force Museum. Click HERE for details.
August 2 -- Noon to 2 PM
Submarine Force Museum and Library, Groton, Connecticut -- Presentation and book signing, along with members of the Nautilus crew who went to the North Pole in August 1958.
July 31 -- 9 AM CDST
Interview, The Rick and Bubba Show (104.7, WZZK in Birmingham, 1510 WLAC in Nashville, and on 29 other stations around the country, check the show web site for stations near you)
July 31 -- 9 to 9:30 AM EDST
Interview, WDRC Radio AM 1360, Hartford, CT, The Brad Davis Show
July 24 -- 5:35 PM EDST
Interview, WOR Radio, New York and WOR Radio Network nationally, The Steve Malzberg Show -- GO HERE to listen to this interview.