Media Events for Best-Selling Author, Don Keith

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Article by Don Keith appears in March 2017 issue of American Legion Magazine. The article deals with collecting oral histories and making them available to organizations or libraries who can archive and index the information for future generations. The online version of the article appears HERE. Don Keith maintains a web site to help encourage the collection and archiving of oral histories from those who have witnessed it. See more at the Untold Millions web site.



THE LAST CHRISTMAS RIDE Events Get Media Attention. The novella by Don Keith and Edie Hand is the source material for a documentary film "The Last Ride." The movie will be screened at the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest at 10 AM on January 26. Edie and Don along with those who worked on the film will be there to answer questions and discuss the project as well.  The screening has generated considerable local media including an interview on WIAT, the local CBS TV affiliate.  You can watch that interview HERE.

Edie also appeared on the Birmingham ABC-TV affiliate, ABC 33/40 to talk about THE LAST CHRISTMAS RIDE book as well as the Vestavia event and documentary.  See that interview HERE.

Edie Hand on Talk of Alabama ABC 33-40 TV talking about Last Christmas Ride



Gerard Butler talks about role in HUNTER KILLER, working with Gary Oldman on film. The star of the upcoming motion picture HUNTER KILLER, based on the novel FIRING POINT by Don Keith and George Wallace, recently sat down for an interview with GQ Magazine's UK edition. The session was done soon after wrapping production on the film in London and Bulgaria. Butler talks about many aspects of his career including watching co-star Toby Stephens portray a Navy SEAL and working with renowned actor Gary Oldman in HUNTER KILLER. The segments of the interview dealing with HUNTER KILLER can be found near the 15:20 and 19:30 marks of the video.

To watch the video, click HERE.









Documentary Inspired by THE LAST CHRISTMAS RIDE Released, Screened at Hollywood Film Festival. HOLLYWOOD, CA—The Edie Hand Foundation has released a short film documentary, based on real-life history and events, which helped spark the global non-profit organization Edie Hand Foundation. Actor, Linc Hand and Recording Artist, Victoria Plummer star, along with a supporting cast of over 100 people. The film, titled, “The Last Ride,” documents the story of the three Blackburn boys, who were Edie Hand’s brothers. Each led short lives in a family history mixed with happiness, tragedy and a legacy, which created a strong call to action. The film is based on Edie Hand’s best-selling book, “The Last Christmas Ride,” co-written with award-winning and best-selling author Don Keith, writing as Jeffery Addison.

“This is a story about a sister's love, and how I was taught to turn hard times into beautiful things,” said Foundation Director, Edie Hand. “It shows how my past led me to help others. I hope this film offers inspiration and shows that the deepest pain can lead to the greatest

The film’s star and narrator, actor, Linc Hand, is the son of Edie Hand. “I am inspired every day by the people she helps around the world,” said Linc Hand. “Her Foundation was built around what happened in my family, and now we’re able to spread support and inspiration to
thousands of people from many countries. This really is a global organization, and I am proud of my mother for her achievements.”

Edie Hand is the film’s Executive Producer, along with award winning documentary producer, Leigh Anne Bishop, of Bama Production Services, LLC. The Director is Emmy-Award winning journalist, Scott Mauldin, of Vulcan Media, based in Birmingham, AL.

“I’m happy to help document the story of this family, and show how tragedy led to strength,” said Producer, Leigh Anne Bishop. “Edie leaned on her life experience to help shape futures for other people. Her Foundation offers hope to countless people around the world.”

Director, Scott Mauldin of Vulcan Media, has a vision for the film. “We want to create a sparkle in the eyes of everyone who sees this piece,” Mauldin said. “This is a true story of faith, struggle and giving back. It’s a true story. That’s why it’s exciting to direct. Edie’s life experience
and the Edie Hand Foundation generates worldwide benefit.”


Interview and article in 78 MAGAZINE. Don Keith was the subject of a lengthy interview and article in 78 MAGAZINE. The article was penned by Terrell Manasco and talks not only about Don's writing but also his prior career in radio broadcasting.


Principal photography has been completed on the movie HUNTER KILLER, the film based on our book FIRING POINT. The film stars Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, and Common. The director is Donovan Marsh. Word is that the production came in on time and on budget, a rarity in Hollywood. Release date has still not been determined but looks like fall of 2017. The studio has also apparently released the new teaser poster (below).

Excerpts from Don Keith's and George Wallace's book win annual Submarine League magazine's literary award. Excerpts from the novel Dangerous Grounds by George Wallace and Don Keith have been awarded second place honors in THE SUBMARINE REVIEW publication's annual literary contest. Those excerpts appeared in the August 2016 edition of the magazine, which is the official publication of the Naval Submarine League. The award will be presented at the League’s Annual Symposium Awards Luncheon, which will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

Another book by Don Keith, The Ice Diaries, co-written with Captain William R. Anderson, was featured in that same publication as part of a suggested submariner's reading list. That book tells the complete story of how Captain Anderson and his crew on the USS Nautilus submarine, the world's first nuclear-powered vessel, made the historic voyage beneath the polar ice pack and through the North Pole in 1958.



MATTIE C.'S BOY by Don Keith has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and recommended as a top summer read. The book tells the 

story of Shelley Stewart, who overcame unbelievable hardship and racism to become a top radio personality, highly successful businessman, and a key player in the struggle for human rights. See more HERE.

Hear the feature as it aired on NPR's "All Things Considered" on August 12, 2016. A special thanks to Jake Reiss at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, Alabama, for the recommendation.


NEW: For those who have read MATTIE C.'s BOY: THE SHELLEY STEWART STORY, you know how pivotal the location of Shelley Stewart's advertising agency, O2 Ideas, was to his powerful story. HERE is a followup article that may be of interest.


Star of upcoming movie based on Don Keith's and George Wallace's book FIRING POINT prepares for role on actual U.S. submarine.  Actor Gerard Butler, who will play the role of submarine skipper Joe Glass in the upcoming feature film HUNTER KILLER (based on the thriller FIRING POINT by Don Keith and George Wallace) recently visited with members of the sub force in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He and the film's director, producer, and other crew spent time with not only top brass but with crewmembers, too. They also did an actual underway and rehearsed some of the scenes from the movie according to social media posts.  Butler even took time to do personalized Mother's Day greetings for crewmembers of the USS Houston.  See pictures from the visit HERE. Production on the movie is tentatively set to begin in July according to information on

Prolific Author Don Keith Receives Prestigious Bill Leonard Professional Media Award.


The American Radio Relay League’s prestigious Bill Leonard Professional Media Award for 2015 has been given to Don Keith N4KC.  Keith is not only a best-selling author and former award-winning broadcaster and journalist but he is also an active Amateur Radio operator.  Keith was selected by the League’s Board of Directors from among nominees for the print award for his article about the attractions of the hobby which appeared in The American Legion magazine.  (The article is available on-line at: )

Read the ARRL announcement article with more info HERE.

The award was created as a tribute to the late CBS News President Bill Leonard, W2SKE. He was also an avid Amateur Radio operator and advocate.  It honors three professional journalists each year whose outstanding coverage in print, visual and audio media highlights the enjoyment, importance and public service value the Amateur Radio Service has to offer.  For 2015, only two recipients are being recognized: Keith in the print category and Jackie Lukas, a reporter for News12 on Long Island, New York, for visual coverage.

Keith will be presented his award by ARRL officials at the Huntsville, Alabama, Hamfest, August 20 and 21, 2016.

“I am honored to receive such a respected award,” Keith says.  “And especially one named for a true hero of mine, Bill Leonard of CBS.  I also appreciate the editors at The American Legion Magazine and the members of the Legion’s Amateur Radio club for asking me to do the article, which allowed me to sing the praises of Ham Radio to their more than 2.3 million subscribers.  I hope this award will bring the article and our hobby to the attention of even more Legion members and help The American Legion Amateur Radio Club in its public service mission within the organization. ”

(See for more about the Legion and its close ties to Amateur Radio.)

Don Keith N4KC has published more than thirty books on subjects ranging from college athletics, NASCAR racing, World War II history, to submarines.  Three of his books are aimed at fellow Hams or those interested in joining the hobby.  He has also authored several biographies and military thriller novels, one of which is in pre-production as a major motion picture. 

Keith’s author web site is  His Amateur Radio site, which features many articles about the hobby, is


February 7, 2016 - Don was an interview guest on the ICQ Amateur Radio podcast.  Don's portion begins at about the 53-minute point. LISTEN or DOWNLOAD the program HERE.

Don Keith was a recent guest on The QSO Radio Show, which aired on worldwide shortwave radio station WTWW.  The show is hosted by Ted Randall and Frank Howell. You can hear the entire broadcast from the show's web site HERE or from iTunes HERE

Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 4 PM CDST - Guest live on the "Midrats" Internet radio show and then available as a podcast.  To hear the show live or to download the podcast later, click HERE  To learn more about the "Midrats" show, visit their web site HERE.

Articles about Don Keith's newest books for Amateur Radio enthusiasts recently appeared in the hobby's two most popular publications.  The first appeared in the September 2015 issue of CQ Magazine on page 54.  The second was on page 69 of QST Magazine, the official publication of the American Radio Relay League, in the October 2015 issue.  Visit or click HERE to learn more about the new books, Get on the Air...Now! and The Amateur Radio Dictionary

AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE  Interview with Don about his two new Amateur Radio books.  Part one of the interview is in ARN Report #1971, dated August 7, 2015, and is about the ten-minute point in the audio file.  The second part of the interview by Cheryl K9BIK is in ARN Report #1972, dated August 14, 2015..  The second interview begins at about the 3:45 point.  You can also hear the entire interview including some material not part of the original two-part airing, by visiting HERE.

The Don Keith interview podcast with The History Network's new WW2 series is now available for listening and downloading.  Grab it now HERE.

The video of the Don Keith segment on C-SPAN "Book TV" has moved on the channel's web site.  It is now available for view HERE.  Don Keith discusses his book UNDERSEA WARRIOR, a World War II biography of legendary submarine commander Dudley "Mush" Morton.

Shelley Stewart, the subject of Don Keith's book MATTIE C.'s BOY, has been honored by State Farm Insurance as one of their "Good Neighbors."  See the VIDEO and READ THE ARTICLE.  The web page also has a link to the Mattie C. Stewart Foundation and information about Don and Shelley's book.

Shelley Stewart, the subject of Don Keith's book MATTIE C.'s BOY, recently gave a powerful TED talk in Birmingham. That talk is now available for viewing.  See it HERE.

PODCAST APPEARANCE -- Don has been interviewed for the new World War II podcast published by The History Network.  To learn more about the podcast series and to download or listen, visit HERE.  The program will also be available for download at iTunes.

PODCAST APPEARANCE -- QSO Today ham radio podcast featuring Don Keith N4KC.  Don discusses amateur radio as well as recent books with Eric Guth 4Z1UG.  You can hear the podcast and see the show notes HERE.   QSO Today podcasts are also available via iTunes and Stitcher.

Article at about Don's newest book, THE SHIP THAT WOULDN'T DIE by Jesse Chambers of and The Birmingham News.  Read the article, which includes several photos from the book HERE.

USS Neosho on fire -- Don Keith book


The new book trailer for Don's latest book, THE SHIP THAT WOULDN'T DIE, is now available on YouTube.  Visit YouTube to see this short promotional video on an epic true story of bravery and tenacity in World War II.  Videos for other books by Don Keith are also available at Don's YouTube page.  THE SHIP THAT WOULDN'T DIE is now available for pre-order and will be generally available in all book formats and wherever books are sold on April 7.





















The subject of Don Keith's latest biographical work, Shelley Stewart, was featured presenter at a recent TED event  in Birmingham, Alabama.  Shelley was the subject of the book MATTIE C's BOY. To see a full video of the event, including Shelley's powerful speech, click HERE.

Don's upcoming article on Amateur Radio in AMERICAN LEGION MAGAZINE has been mentioned in numerous outlets.  Those include a story on "Amateur Radio Newsline" (the story appears at about 14:15) and in the January 29, 2015 edition of the American Radio Relay League's "ARRL Letter."  For more on the article and magazine, visit

To hear an audio version of the article click HERE.


The March 2015 edition of American Legion Magazine will include a feature article about the hobby of amateur radio. Written by best-selling author Don Keith N4KC, the article will tell the 2.3 million readers of the publication how ham radio remains exciting, important, and relevant, even after one-hundred years of existence and so much technological change.  It will also remind American Legion members about their organization’s own club—The American Legion Amateur Radio Club or TALARC—as well as how its members can get their licenses, establish club stations at more of the 14,000 posts around the country, and more.  The Legion has an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security for assistance during emergencies and the article talks about how amateur radio meshes well with that effort.


American Legion Magazine is distributed to the veterans’ organization’s 2.3 million members as well as through other outlets.  TALARC now has more than 2,000 members.  Regular on-air nets are held for Legion members who are also hams.  The club station, K9TAL at American Legion Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, also hosts regular operating events.


To learn more about how the American Legion is integrating amateur radio into its organization and for its members, visit


The author of the article, Don Keith N4KC, is a best-selling writer with more than two dozen books published.  His submarine thriller, FIRING POINT, co-written with former submarine captain George Wallace, is now in production as a major motion picture under the title HUNTER KILLER.  He has written extensively about World War II history, submarines, college athletics, NASCAR racing, and broadcasting, including WIZARD OF THE WIND, a novel with a key character who is a ham.  His next book, THE SHIP THAT WOULDN’T DIE, will be published by Penguin/NAL in April 2015.  It tells the true story of a remarkable event during the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942.  Don has also published a book on his favorite hobby.  RIDING THE SHORTWAVES: EXPLORING THE MAGIC OF AMATEUR RADIO explains to newcomers and old-timers alike how the hobby is even more dynamic today than when it was first introduced a century ago.  All Don’s books are available wherever books are sold.


Don is an ARRL member, an Extra-class licensee, and has been a ham since 1961.  He is very active on the air and operates most modes and bands.  For more info on Don Keith N4KC visit or


Movie Based on FIRING POINT Thriller Set to Begin Production

According to press reports, the film HUNTER KILLER--based on the novel FIRING POINT by Don Keith and George Wallace--is set to begin production this month in Alaska.  The film, under development by Relativity Media, will be directed by Martin Campbell, best know for helming such features as GOLDENEYE, CASINO ROYALE (both James Bond films) and GREEN LANTERN.  The studio has not yet announced who will star in the film but release is tentatively set for early 2016.

Whittier, Alaska, where most production on HUNTER KILLER

is set to be completed.

For more, see:  

A television report on Anchorage's NBC affiliate

Another Internet news story


Most of Don Keith's e-book editions have now been added to the catalog of  The site makes it possible for readers to get their e-books personalized and "signed" by the author.  Visit the "Don Keith Author Page" at to learn more.



Shelley Stewart, the subject of Don Keith's latest book, MATTIE C.'s BOY, was recently interviewed for and featured on the AARP web site.  Shelley talks about his amazing story, the foundation he has created in his mother's memory, and the book.  Visit the site and scroll about halfway down to the "Book Club Interview" video.


Shelley Stewart, the subject of the biography, MATTIE C.'s BOY, by Don Keith, spoke recently to the National Book Club Conference in Atlanta.  As usual, Shelley brought down the house!  Watch for opportunities to see Mr. Stewart speak.  His story is inspirational and his presentation is awe-inspiring.

Don Keith's latest book, THE SHIP THAT WOULDN'T DIE, is now available for pre-order.  The book will be published in April by Penguin.  It tells the story of the WWII oiler USS Neosho, which was brutally attacked by the Japanese when she was mistaken for an Allied aircraft carrier in the Coral Sea.  Hundreds were killed.  The rest of the crew either drifted aimlessly awaiting rescue or were afloat on life rafts.  Click HERE to learn more or to pre-order the book.  



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July 24, 2014



The very popular ROLLING THUNDER STOCKCAR RACING SERIES novels have now been released as e-books for all types of digital devices.  Each of the books was well received, both by readers and critics, when originally released in paperback by Tor Books and as audio books by DH Audio.  However, until now they have not been available in digital formats.

While written on an adult level, this series of exciting books by award-winning and best-selling author Don Keith and NASCAR expert Kent Wright are perfectly suitable for younger readers.  It is not necessary to read the books in any particular order either.  Each work stands on its own.  The stories are based on real characters and actual events in the history of racing, from the whiskey-hauling days in Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina to the slick, new speedways of today. Many of the actual, real-life legends of the sport make "appearances" in the books.


The authors have tried to place readers right there in the cockpit of a 700-horsepower racecar!  Peter Golenbock, the co-editor of THE STOCKCAR RACING ENCYCLOPEDIA, says, "The ROLLING THUNDER novels do exactly what they promise to do: put the reader in the pits, behind the scenes, in the cockpit of a racecar, but they also give a compelling look at the personal side of big-time racing. Mostly, though, they are simply great stories about truly interesting people.”

In addition, the books earned high praise from teachers and librarians because they encouraged many younger readers who would not usually be interested in reading to explore these novels.


To learn more about this ground-breaking…and ground-shaking!...series, go to:


See more info on MATTIE C.'s BOY, including a compelling video about the book's subject, Shelley Stewart, and the foundation he has started to honor his mother and show the value of education.  

WATCH A FASCINATING, MOVING VIDEO about Dr. Shelley Stewart, Don's biographical subject in MATTIE C.'s BOY.  This video was produced as part of the "History in Motion" series, sponsored by Regions Bank, in which Shelley was recently named the recipient of the 2014 award.

See an interview with Don Keith at the Capital City Hamfest in Jackson, Mississippi, on the Amateur Logic TV Show.  Look for Episode 63. Don's portion is about 6:30 into the show.

 Read and listen to a story on WBHM 90.3 FM, the National Public Radio affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama, about Don's biography of Shelley Stewart, MATTIE C.'s BOY.



Listen to a presentation on the BBC World Service about USS Nautilus, commemorating the 60th anniversary of that ship's launch.  Don Keith is interviewed as part of the story.


See a news story on the Birmingham, Alabama, CBS affiliate about Don's bio subject, Shelley Stewart, and the book MATTIE C.'s BOY.

Watch Don's presentation at the 2013 International Conference on World War II from the World War II Museum and Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, Louisiana.  The entire conference will be streamed live and available for viewing anytime afterwards.  Don's presentation is at 9:50 AM on Friday, November 22, 2013. 

Don appears as a part of the documentary film, "Against the Tide," on SHOWTIME, 9 PM CST, November 15, 2013.  The documentary will air multiple times on SHOWTIME and will eventually be available through various other video distribution services.

Read an article about Don in his home-county newspaper, The St. Clair News Aegis.

See a news segment that ran on WIAT CBS42 about MATTIE C.'s BOY, Shelley Stewart, and a recent signing event held at Books-A-Million, Colonial Brookwood Mall, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Don Keith and Shelley Stewart with attendee at signing event (photo courtesy John Miller)

Watch a segment on Birmingham's WBRC-TV Fox 6 featuring Shelley Stewart, the subject of Don's book MATTIE C.'s BOY.

WATCH Don's return appearance on the national television show "RX for Healthy Lifestyles," first aired on the cable channel RFD Nework.

Don attends the Birmingham, Alabama, premiere of the new Jackie Robinson bio-pic "42." At left is Linc Hand, one of the stars of the film. Linc is the son of one of Don's writing partners, Edie Hand (middle). Much of the movie was shot in and around Birmingham, including at Rickwood Field, the oldest professional ball park in the country.  (Don once did PA at the park for the city's minor-league Barons, an affiliate of the Chicago WhiteSox.)

READ an article about Chief Odom's 100th birthday celebration, including a nice mention of WAR BENEATH THE WAVES. The picture below is from that article.

Charlie Odom, one of heroes of Don Keith submarine book

Read Don's interview by book blogger Nick Wale in which the subject ranged from Don Keith books to self-publishing to Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. Click HERE to read the interview.

Don Keith as part of tribute to legendary broadcaster Joe Rumore

See Don's contribution to a video tribute to legendary broadcaster Joe Rumore.  The video was produced as part of Rumore's induction into the Universtiy of Alabama Communications Hall of Fame.

READ an article about Don Keith in The Shelby County (Alabama) Reporter.

HEAR Don's interview on the Author Talk Internet program by clicking HERE.

Don Keith was recently interviewed for the national TV show "Rx for a Healthy Lifestyle" on RFD/Rural TV. This is Don on the set with one of the show's co-hosts, Edie Hand. Click HERE to see the interview.

Watch Don's interview on BookTV on CSPAN and read more about the appearance.  You are welcome to share the video with others via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other means from the convenient link on the BookTV page.

READ an interview with Don in the publication TECHNICAL WRITERS IN ACTION.

LISTEN to Don's interview on "The Not Too Late Radio Show."

WATCH Don's segment on CSPAN-2 "Book TV." (See the same segment provided by YouTube)

Charley Odom, one of heroes of WAR BENEATH THE WAVES by Don Keith does radio interview in Knoxville

One of the heroes of Don Keith's book WAR BENEATH THE WAVES, Charlie Odom, is interviewed on "The Phil Show" on 98.7 FM Talk Radio in Knoxville on Friday, March 25, 2011. Note book on the desk to the right of the show host. Odom is on the right.

LISTEN to Don's return appearance on the VETERANS' RADIO NETWORK. Look for the link to the February 11, 2011 program.

LISTEN to Don's interview on the national radio program VETERANS' RADIO NETWORK. Look for the link to the October 30, 2010 program.

Don Keith veterans radio network

SEE a moving television feature story about that same hero from Don's WAR BENEATH THE WAVES by clicking HERE.

Listen to Don's interview on "The Rick & Bubba Show."

READ Don's op/ed article on leadership "300 feet south of hell" in the Washington Post.

LISTEN to Don's interview with Hap Holly on "The Radio Amateur Information Network" podcast.

Listen to Don's interviews (two parts) on "The RAIN Report," a naitionally distributed radio program (scroll down the list and select those programs from the available archives)

Listen to Don's appearance on the "WeatherBrains" netcast/podcast (Select "WeatherBrains" episode #194)

Listen to Don's interview with Ted Randall on "The QSO Radio Show," an internationally-broadcast shortwave program

Listen to Don's interview on WOR Radio, New York and WOR Radio Network nationally on"The Steve Malzberg Show."

Listen to Don's interview on "The G. Gordon Liddy Show."

Listen to Don's appearance on "The Joey Reynolds Show," WOR Radio, New York, and other stations nationwide on the WOR Network.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of USS Nautilus reaching the North Pole on August 3, 1958, Don arranged a special amateur radio operating event from the Submarine Force Museum and Historic Ship Nautilus in Groton, CT, which took place on August 2 and 3, 2008. The event reached more than 2,000 radio "hams" in all fifty states and twenty-six countries.  Click HERE to hear some of those contacts, as recorded by John Krupsky (a former submariner and a ham radio operator -- WA5MLF) in Birmingham, Alabama.  Don's amateur radio website is HERE.