Media Events for Best-Selling Author, Don Keith

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

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.