Archive of 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

Upcoming events in support of books by author Don Keith:

June 2019
June 6, 2019

Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club monthly meeting, speaking, books available for purchase. Don Keith N4KC will speak to the group during its regular monthly club meeting, which begins at 7 PM EDST at 2205 Oak Street in Chattanooga. For more info on the location, click HERE.





May 2019
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Don Keith will be attending and exhibiting at the new Black Warrior Hamfest, Northport/Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Located at Echols Middle School, 2701 Echols Avenue, Northport, Alabama, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. For more info, click HERE.


February 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Book signing, 6:00 PM, Page and Palette Bookstore, 32 South Section Street, Fairhope, Alabama. Don will be signing copies of his book HUNTER KILLER, on which the movie starring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman was based. Don will also have copies of several of his WWII books to coincide with the celebration nearby of the 75th anniversary of the USS Alabama battleship. The Alabama is a museum ship located across Mobile Bay from Fairhope and will have special events all day on Saturday, February 23.









January 2019
January 25-26, 2019

Capital City Hamfest 2019, Jackson, Mississippi. Jackson Amateur Radio Club's annual hamfest and Mississippi ARRL Convention, Mississippi Trade Mart.  Friday, January 25, 5-8 PM. Saturday, January 26, 8 AM - 3 PM. Don Keith N4KC will be there with his amateur radio books for sale and to be autographed along with an assortment of his non-ham radio titles.









Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Indestructible Man: True Story of World War II Hero Topic of Talk by Don Keith Co-author David Rocco. The true and tragic story of an American Navy hero who survived fierce battles of World War II only to meet his fate just after the war ended in a plane crash on Mount Beacon in Dutchess County will be the topic of a talk on Saturday, January 19th, at 2 p.m., at the Little Red Schoolhouse, 297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, New York. Sponsored by the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society, the event is open free to the public. The talk will be delivered by David Rocco, the co-author with Don Keith of the book "The Indestructible Man," which tells the story of Commodore Dixie Kiefer.

After his talk, Mr. Rocco’s book, which he co-authored with award-winning writer Don Keith, will be available for sale and signing. For more info on the event, visit 

















Saturday, January 5, 2019

Blount County Amateur Radio Club Freezefest. 8 AM to 1 PM, Locust Fork High School, Locust Fork, Alabama. Don Keith N4KC will be there with amateur radio books for sale and to autograph copies, as well as other books he has written.

November 2018
November 9, 2018

Don Keith co-author David Rocco, Author Visit, Warner Library, 121 North Broadway, Tarrytown, NY. David will be speaking and answering questions about the book THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN, a true WWII story of remarkable bravery and perseverance.

October 2018
October 22, 2018

Author Don Keith attends red carpet premiere for new film HUNTER KILLER. The gala event was held aboard the museum ship USS Intrepid, moored on the Hudson River in New York City. Also there was George Wallace, Keith’s co-author on the book FIRING POINT, on which the film HUNTER KILLER was based, along with cast and crew for the movie.  That included Gerard Butler and Common, the director, Donovan Marsh, producers, and more. The book has been re-issued by the publisher under the title HUNTER KILLER and is now available wherever books are sold.

Images and video from the event are below.

See brief interviews with attendees, including authors Don Keith and George Wallace and stars Gerard Butler and Common HERE.




L to R: Author Don Keith, HUNTER KILLER star Gerard Butler, and author George Wallace, a former nuclear submarine skipper, on the red carpet for the premiere of the movie in New York City.








Gerard Butler with HUNTER KILLER director Donovan Marsh.









HUNTER KILLER star Common with members of the Royal British Navy who happened to be in New York City at the time of the red carpet event and were invited by the movie’s distribution company to attend.







October 20, 2018

Helena, Alabama, Hamfest, Helena Amphitheater, 8AM to 1PM. Don Keith N4KC will be attending the Helena Hamfest, offering and signing books, not only about amateur radio but also other titles, including his World War II non-fiction works.



October 10 - 12, 2018

Don Keith at commemoration ceremonies, book signings, on anniversary of the loss of USS Wahoo submarine and legendary skipper Dudley "Mush" Morton and crew. Don will be speaking at the commemoration ceremony on October 12 at the Navy Submarine School in Groton, 
Connecticut. He will also be doing book signings at the base Navy Exchange on October 10 and at the nearby Naval Submarine Force Museum and Library on October 12. Don Keith’s book UNDERSEA WARRIOR tells the full story of the heroic efforts of Commander Morton and USS Wahoo.

For more information about the event, click HERE.



















October 2, 2018

Birmingham Faith in Film Group monthly meeting, 8 AM, Acting Out Academy, 2531 Rocky Ridge Road, Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Don will be speaking about the upcoming film HUNTER KILLER, based on his novel, as well as other film and writing projects. 

















August 2018
August 18 - 19, 2018

Huntsville, Alabama, Hamfest. Don will be there at one of the country's largest ham radio events with his four amateur radio books as well as other selected titles of interest.  Visit Don Keith N4KC at table #40 anytime Saturday or Sunday.




June 2018
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Don Keith's co-author on the WWII history non-fiction work THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN to appear at special library event. 

World War II and local history buffs will enjoy stopping by the Desmond-Fish Library on Thursday, June 14th at 6:30 (Flag Day) to meet local author David Rocco.  David is the co-author of the book The Indestructible Man: The True Story of World War II Hero "Captain Dixie".

The book tells the amazing story of Navy officer Dixie Kiefer, a true World War II hero.  After having served in World War I, he was an instrumental player in several major battles in World War II.  He was the Executive Officer on the USS Yorktown at the battles of Coral Sea and Midway, in fact, he was the last man off Yorktown before she sank at Midway, and though he was seriously injured, he swam through shark-infested waters pushing a life raft filled with hurt sailors toward a rescue ship. He was also the skipper of the USS Ticonderoga when she came under brutal attack by Japanese kamikaze planes. And even though he had 65 serious wounds from shrapnel, he remained on the bridge for twelve hours, overseeing counter-attacks. He continued damage control with a badly broken right arm after being hit by suicide planes. He successfully steered his big carrier through a killer typhoon that took the lives of more than 800 men throughout the Allied fleet. Through it all, he performed coolly and heroically, leading his men through hell and back. 

On November 14, 1945, at about 12 noon his plane crashed on the northwest flank of Mt. Beacon in the Town of Fishkill and took the lives of all six Navy servicemen on board. Some of the remnants of the plane are still there today.  

 After three-plus years of research, David Rocco has completed this book with help from award-winning author Don Keith who has written extensively on World War II history as well as other subjects.

David Rocco is from Yorktown Heights, New York, and retired from the New York City Housing Department. Since his retirement, he has led civic and environmental efforts including the Walkway Over the Hudson Project in Poughkeepsie, The Mount Beacon Fire Tower Restoration Project, the Beacon Sloop Club’s Woody Guthrie vessel, and the Mount Beacon Eight organization. 

Refreshments will be served at this free event and everyone is invited to attend.  The Desmond-Fish Library is located at the corner of Routes 9D and 403 in Garrison, NY. To learn more about this and other upcoming library programs, please visit the Library’s website at or call 845-424-3020

May 2018
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Don Keith and David Rocco to visit reunion of former crewmembers of the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga. The even will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kenner/New Orleans, Louisiana.  Rocco and Keith will present during the meeting at about 5:30 PM.  Copies of their book, THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN, the story of Ticonderoga’s commissioning WWII skipper, Dixie Kiefer, will be available for sale.


April 2018
April 28, 2018

Co-author David Rocco to present at FDR Library and Museum. The co-author of the Don Keith work THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN will be a presenter at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, New York, as part of their Hudson Valley History Reading Festival,




Thursday, April 19, 2018

Legends of Broadcasting, Alabama Historical Radio Society, Birmingham, Alabama. 10 AM - 1 PM. A gathering of radio and TV personalities, engineers, managers, and others associated with broadcasting, primarily from the Central Alabama area. Sponsored by the Alabama Historical Radio Society, who records the sessions for archival purposes.



April 14, 2018

Writing Workshop on "Writing Non-fiction to be published...and read." Saturday, April 14, 9 AM to noon at North Shelby Public Library, Highway 119, near Indian Springs Village, Alabama. While emphasis will be on non-fiction, many of the points discussed apply as well to fiction writing and developing screenplays. The session will also deal with today's self-publishing options and how best to become a published author. 

For info, contact: Michelyn Reid, (205) 439-5510, (Note: this session was added after the first one in February was filled. Seats in the April workshop are also limited so early reservation is suggested.)


March 2018
March 22-25, 2018







SWIFT Summit, sponsored by Southern Women in Film and Television, Nashville, Tennessee. Don will be conducting a session for attendees on Saturday, March 24, at 3 PM titled "Storytelling for Fame and Fortune, a Workshop for Writers."  He will also be taking part in the "Speed Dating" meet-and-greet luncheon on Sunday, March 25.

For more information on the summit or to register to attend, click HERE.



March 2 and 3, 2018

Birmingham, Alabama, Amateur Radio Club 2018 Hamfest. Don will be attending this annual amateur radio event on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, 2018, from 4 PM to 7 PM on Friday and 8 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, sponsored by the Birmingham Amateur Radio Club. He will be selling and signing not only his ham radio books (including the latest, DIAL DANCING, but also other titles, including World War II nonfiction, his numerous biographies, and select fiction titles. The ham fest is held at the Zamora Shrine Temple at 3521 Ratlliff Road, Irondale, Alabama (near Birmingham and just off Interstate 20 and Interstate 459).


Don Keith’s amateur radio call sign is N4KC and he has been a licensed ham radio operator since he was 13 years old.






February 2018
February 17, 2018

North Shelby County Public Library, 5321 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35242. From 9 AM to 12 Noon -- Writers' Workshop on writing and marketing non-fiction, primarily focused on authoring books but also touching on magazines and other media.  The workshop will also deal with information that will be beneficial to fiction writers.  Contact the library at 205.439.5500 for more information, or visit the North Shelby Library web site at 

UPDATE: This event has reached its maximum enrollment so a second workshop has been added on Saturday, April 14, from 9 AM to noon. Contact the library to register for this event before it is full!



November 2017
November 16, 2017

Co-author David Rocco to do multiple presentations in support of THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN and The Mount Beacon Eight. Don Keith's co-author on the amazing story of WWII hero Commodore Dixie Kiefer has several speaking engagements scheduled in support of the book and to honor the eight men from the U.S. Navy--including Kiefer--who have lost their lives in air crashes on New York State's Mount Beacon. The events include:

--November 16, 2017 - Yorktown Historical Society, Yorktown, NY

--December 15, 2017 - Mt. Vernon, New York, public library

--January 11, 2018 - The Beacon Sloop Club, Beacon, New York (an organization founded by legendary singer and activist-and a friend of David Rocco-Pete Seeger)

--April 28, 2018 - The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, New York, as part of their Hudson Valley History Reading Festival

Please check with the venue for exact times and locations for Rocco's appearances. David will also have copies of THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN available for purchase and signing.


"Indestructible Man" co-writer David Rocco with his good friend, the late Pete Seeger.









November 9, 2017

University of Alabama Amateur Radio Club, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 6 - 8 PM. Don Keith will be speaking and signing his books, including the new ham radio book, "Dial Dancing," the novel "Wizard of the Wind," set in radio broadcasting, and World War II non-fiction "The Ship that Wouldn't Die" and "The Indestructible Man." Don will be speaking at the club's regular monthly meeting on the subject of getting the most out of the hobby of amateur radio.

October 2017
October 24, 2017

THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN co-author to speak at Hudson Valley venue. The book, written by Don Keith with David Rocco tells the story of a forgotten World War II hero, Commodore Dixie Kiefer, the captain of the aircraft carrier Ticonderoga when she came under attack by Japanese kamikaze planes. Rocco will speak about Kiefer and his amazing story at the Howland Cultural Center, on Main Street, in Beacon, New York, starting at 7 PM. For more info, visit HERE.



October 21, 2017


Helena Hamfest, Buck Creek Park, Helena, Alabama. Selling and signing books, including amateur radio books, World War II books, submarine books and more. 8AM to 1 PM.








October 3, 2017

Rotary Club of Pell City, Alabama -- Pell City Civic Complex, noon to 1 PM. Speaking and signing books.


August 2017
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 2017
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 2017
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 2017
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 2017
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 2016
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 2016
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 2016
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 2016
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 2016
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 2016
April 21, 2016

Legends of Broadcasting, Alabama Historical Radio Society,  9 AM to 2 PM, AHRS clubhouse and museum.  For directions, click HERE.

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 2016
March 4 and 5, 2016

BirmingHAMfest Amateur Radio Convention - Zamora Temple, 3521 Ratliff Road, Irondale, Alabama - Friday, 4 - 7 PM, Saturday, 8:30 AM to 4 PM.  Signing Ham Radio books and other works.  Directions HERE.






January 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 2015
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: 

September 2015
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 2015
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 for more information. 

April 2015
April 23, 2015

"Legends of Broadcasting" event -- Alabama Historical Radio Society -- Birmingham, Alabama, 9 AM to 2 PM

April 7, 2015

Publication Party for THE SHIP THAT WOULDN'T DIE -- 4 PM -- Alabama Booksmith, Homewood, Alabama (Click HERE for directions)


@don_keith at book signing @ALBooksmith


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 2014
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  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 2014
August 16-17, 2014

Huntsville Hamfest N4KC


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 2014
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 2014
January 24, 25

Jackson, Mississippi, Capital City Hamfest, at table H-7. Visit the event web site for more details.

November 2013
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.

November 22

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.

November 15

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 2013
October 24 -- 7 PM

Books-A-Million, Brookwood Village, Birmingham, Alabama, signing. MATTIE C.'s BOY himself, Shelley Stewart, will also be present.

October 12 -- 9 AM to 1 PM

Helena Hamfest, Helena, Alabama, signing.

September 2013
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

May 2013
May 15-18

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 for more info.

Don Keith N4KC at Dayton Hamvention

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 Birmingham Ham Fest 2013

Don Keith at booth at BirmingHamFest 2013, in support of RIDING THE SHORTWAVES:


February 2013
February 9 -- Noon

Speaking and signing books, USSVI USS Haddo Base meeting, Cleveland, Tennessee (submarine veterans' group).

November 2012
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 2012
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 2012
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 at submarine veterans convention   

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 2012
August 18-19 -- 9 AM to 5 PM

Huntsville, Alabama Hamfest and Alabama ARRL Section Convention, VonBraun Civic Center, table 252.  Signing.

Firing Point co-author George Wallace signs at exchange near Arlington Cemetery, Washington, DC

FIRING POINT and FINAL BEARING co-author George Wallace at signing event at Henderson Hall

Marine Corps Exchange near Arlington Cemetery in Washington, DC.

August 17-18

Huntsville (Alabama) Hamfest -- table with copies of RIDING THE SHORTWAVES, plus other books.

Don Keith N4KC Huntsville Alabama Hamfest 2013

Don at Huntsville Hamfest, 2013

July 2012
July 2012

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 2012
May 15 -- Noon

Speaking and signing, Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, Harbert Center, 4th Avenue North.

November 2011
November 26 -- 10:30 AM & 5:30 PM EST, and November 27 -- 7 PM EST

Segment on CSPAN-2 "Book TV" (check local cable or satellite provider for channel)  For details: or to see the segment now, visit YouTube.

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 2011
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 2011
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 2011
March 26 -- 10:30 AM

Volunteer Base, United States Submarine Veterans INC., Murfreesboro, TN -- speaking, signing.

Don Keith at Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, his first book signing event

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 2011
February 17 -- 7 PM

Birmingham Postcard Collectors, Trinity Methodist Church, Oxmoor Road, Homewood, speaking, signing.

December 2010
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)

Edie Hand, Don Keith (Jeffery Addison) and others

November 2010
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 2010
October 16 -- All Day

Helena, Alabama, amateur radio hamfest

Don Keith N4KC at 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 2010
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 2010
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

Alabama Booksmith, Homewood, Alabama -- Publication party and signing. Click HERE for information and directions.

December 2009
December 19 -- 2 to 4 PM

With Edie Hand, Sam's Club, Cox Creek Parkway, Florence, Alabama

Don Keith and Edie Hand at Sams Club

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 2009
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 2009
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

October 10

With Edie Hand, 2 to 4 PM, Page and Palette, Fairhope, Alabama


Edie and Jeffery (Don) debut the new RIDE books at Page and Palette, Fairhope, Alabama

March 2009
March 28 -- 9 AM to 3 PM

Participant and master of ceremonies, Alabama Bound, Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham, Alabama

Don Keith at Alabama Bound  Don Keith emcees Alabama Bound

February 2009
February 26 -- 7 PM

Presentation, Shelby County, Alabama, Amateur Radio Club, Hoover, Alabama.

Don Keith N4KC at amateur radio club meeting

January 2009
January 6 -- 9 AM

Presentation, New Horizons group, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

October 2008
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 2008
September 25 to 27

Reunion of former crewmembers of USS Nautilus, Groton, CT

September 3-6

U.S. Submarine Veterans National Convention, Ft. Worth, Texas. Vendor area in the convention hotel.

August 2008
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

Signing, Alabama Booksmith, Homewood, Alabama. Click HERE for info and directions.

August 5 -- Midnight until ? EDST

On air with The Joey Reynolds Show, WOR Radio, New York, and other stations nationwide. Click HERE for info. GO HERE to listen to this interview.

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 2008
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.