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 [email protected].
Upcoming events in support of books by author Don Keith:
September 7, 2021, 7 PM EDST
Don Keith N4KC to speak to Boca Raton, Florida, Amateur Radio Association. Keith will discuss with the club his article and book chapter dealing with ham radio antennas.
For more on amateur radio books by bestselling author Don Keith, visit HERE.
For more on the Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association, visit HERE.
For more on the hobby of ham radio, visit HERE.
August 29 - September 3, 2021
United States Submarine Veterans Convention, Orlando, Florida. Best-selling submarine authors Don Keith and CDR (ret.) George Wallace will be in attendance at the annual convention for sub vets. Wallace and Keith will be signing copies of their Hunter Killer Series books as well as other titles by the pair. George will have copies of his book, Operation Golden Dawn. Don will have copies of his non-fiction WWII submarine books as well as The Ice Diaries, the story of USS Nautilus and her historic trip to the North Pole in 1958, co-authored with the late Captain (ret.) William Anderson, the man who took her there.
The authors will be in the vendor area at the convention, at the Panzacola Room, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort on International Boulevard, Orlando.
For more information about the convention, visit HERE.
August 21 and 22, 2021
Amateur radio and best-selling author Don Keith N4KC will be attending and manning a table at the annual Huntsville, Alabama, Hamfest. The event was not held in 2020 due to the Corona virus pandemic. The even is one of the largest gatherings of ham radio enthusiasts in the country. It will be held at the Von Braun Center in downtown Huntsville on Saturday and Sunday.
Don Keith will have a table there to meet readers and sign copies of his four amateur radio books as well as other selected titles he has authored. He will be at table 44 in the main convention hall. For more on ham radio books by Don Keith N4KC, click HERE.
For more on the Huntsville Hamfest, click HERE.
For more information about the hobby of amateur radio, click HERE.
August 14 - 15, 2021
Amateur radio and bestselling author Don Keith N4KC to conduct session at virtual ham radio event. Don will once again be a presenter for the QSO Today Virtual Ham Radio Convention. Don's session will be on "The Top Five Get-on-the-air-quick Antennas," and will be aimed not only to newcomers to the hobby of amateur radio but to others who are seeking ideas for simple but effective antennas for HF operation.
For more on the event, click HERE.
For more on the hobby of amateur (or ham) radio, click HERE.
To learn more about amateur radio books by Don Keith N4KC, click HERE.
June 23, 2021
Author and active ham radio operator Don Keith N4KC to speak to amateur radio club in Great Britain. Keith, who has written extensively on amateur radio subjects as well as many other topics, will be the guest speaker via Zoom on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, for the Denby Dale Amateur Radio Club in Yorkshire, England. The meeting begins at 7:30 local time or 6:30 GMT.
Keith will speak on the subject of jargon in the hobby of ham radio, plus discuss other aspects of the hobby that may cause some to hesitate about joining in the fun that is amateur radio.
For more on the club and its activities, or for info on the hobby of ham radio in Great Britain, click HERE. Don's presentation is now available for viewing on the club's YouTube channel. CLICK HERE to access the video.
May 25, 2021
WARSHOT, the sixth book in the popular military thriller HUNTER KILLER series is released by Severn River Press. The book is written by former nuclear submarine captain George Wallace and well-known military history author Don Keith. The book is available in e-book, paper and audio formats wherever books are sold.
For more on WARSHOT, click HERE.
For more on THE HUNTER KILLER SERIES by George Wallace and Don Keith click HERE.
March 13 and 14, 2021
QSO TODAY Virtual Ham Expo, worldwide via Internet. Don Keith N4KC will be one of the presenters at the second virtual "hamfest" event. For more info, to make your free reservation, and to see the time and topic for Don's presentation, click HERE.
Amateur radio operators or those interested in joining the hobby are invited to articipate in this 2nd ground breaking, virtual international amateur radio expo. Packed with world renowned speakers, exhibitors, and special conference rooms built on a virtual reality platform. Attend from the convenience of your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
To learn more about Don Keith's amateur radio books, visit HERE.
March 7 - 13, 2021
The Smashwords e-book store web site is offering many of the books by author Don Keith at special prices, 75% off regular retail--and a couple for FREE--during "Read an E-book Week," March 7 through March 13, 2021.
The absolutely FREE e-books are WRITING TO BE PUBLISHED...AND READ, Don Keith's book of advice for would-be authors, and DIAL DANCING, a book that tells stories about the fun and learning people can enjoy in the hobby of amateur radio. Several of Keith's other novels and ALL of his ham radio books are selling through Saturday, March 13, at 75% off in a wide variety of e-book formats, including PDF, Kindle and Nook.
To see the titles offered and to purchase and download the e-books, click HERE
December 17, 2020
Author Don Keith to speak to Naval Submarine League Capitol Chapter, Washington, DC. Keith will present to the organization during its December meeting, 4 PM EST, via Zoom. The subject will be the world's first nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, and her historic voyage beneath the polar ice, through the North Pole, becoming the first vessel to make that trek. Keith co-authored the book that told the inside story of the mission, THE ICE DIARIES, with Captain William Anderson, the man who was the skipper of Nautilus on the run. Members of NSL Capitol Chapter, will receive directions for attending the virtual event.
For more on the book THE ICE DIARIES, click HERE
December 11, 2020 - January 31, 2021
Don Keith's COLORS OF CHARACTER documentary film available as special streaming video on demand event. The critically-praised movie, fresh off a limited theatrical run, will now be available for viewing anywhere on the planet. This begins with a live streaming event, beginning at 8 PM local time in all areas on Friday, December 11. Those who purchase tickets for that event will also have access to stream the movie as often as they desire through January 31, 2021.
For more information, to purchase access, and to see the synopsis and trailer for the film, click HERE.
The movie tells the story of Steve Skipper, who overcame family strife, racism, drugs and the gang lifestyle to become one of our most honored artists. Critics have note how the movie is especially timely and should be seen by as many people as possible during these troubled times.
The film is based on Don Keith's book, DREAM ON, which is available wherever books are sold.
CLICK HERE to learn more about DREAM ON.
November 7, 2020
Special events to honor Commodore Dixie Kiefer and "Mt. Beacon Eight" to be held in New York. Commodore Dixie Kiefer--whose amazing story is told in the book THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN by Don Keith and David Rocco--will be honored along with seven other Naval aviators who died in two plane crashes on New York's Mt. Beacon. The event marks the 75th anniversary of the second crash in which Kiefer and five others died mere days after the end of World War II.
For details, click HERE.
To learn more about Kiefer and these other young men, click HERE.
November 3, 2020
Virtual meeting, Don Keith speaks to Birmingham Faith in Film Breakfast group. 11:30 AM CST Zoom meeting discussing the upcoming feature documentary film COLORS OF CHARACTER, based on Don's book, DREAM ON. The film was also produced and written by Don Keith and his company, Fig Tree Media Group. Also speaking will be Warren Callaway, CEO of Fig Tree, who also served as director of photography and executive producer on the movie.
For event information, click HERE.
For more about the film, COLORS OF CHARACTER, including watching the trailer and purchasing tickets to the theatrical event, click HERE.
August 19, 2020
Don Keith's book on legendary Alabama Crimson Tide football coach Bear Bryant now in e-book format. The popular book THE BEAR: THE LEGENDARY LIFE OF COACH PAUL "BEAR" BRYANT is now available as an e-book. While much has been written about Paul William Bryant, this book by Don Keith takes a unique and personal look at the man, at his upbringing, at how his will to win was hardened from the time he plowed behind a mule in Arkansas until he ultimately dominated the highly-competitive world of big-time college football and rubbed elbows with presidents and movie stars.
For more info, or to purchase an electronic version of this book, click HERE.
August 8 - 9, 2020
Don Keith N4KC to present forum at QSO Today Ham Radio Expo. The event will be the first-ever virtual amateur radio event--all activities, forums, exhibitors -to be held August 8 and 9, 2020. Attendance is free and registration is now open at the official event website. There will be early-bird prize incentives for registering by July 24, 2020.
Don Keith's presentation will be titled "Get Active, Get on the Air!" and will be based on the research and ideas that became the basis for his very popular ham radio book GET ON THE AIR...NOW!.
Learn more about this first-of-its-kind ham radio event by clicking HERE.
Learn more about Don Keith N4KC and his amateur radio activities and books HERE.
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Don Keith N4KC speaks to Bald Rock Amateur Radio Club, Pell City, Alabama. The St. Clair County, Alabama, ham radio club will meet at 6 PM at Ami's Wedding Shop on Cogswell Avenue in Pell City (directly across the street from the St. Clair County Courthouse). Don will speak on ways to get more people active in the hobby of ham radio.
Select e-books by author Don Keith are on sale throughout July 2020 at up to 75% off usual prices. These include all Don Keith books about the hobby of amateur radio (ham radio). Don Keith is an active amateur radio operator with the call sign N4KC and writes books for those interested in ham radio, newcomers to the hobby, and more.
Other books offered at up to 75% off the usual price for these e-books include his best-selling novel WIZARD OF THE WIND set in the world of radio broadcasting and THE SPIN, a powerful novel about one man's desperate decision that turns into a powerful quest for thousands and a massive media event.
The books are available in all formats for various e-book devices including Kindle, Nook, tablets, smartphones, desktop computers and more. That includes PDF and Word document versions. To learn more or purchase copies of Don Keith books at up to 75% off the usual prices, click HERE.
June 18, 2020
Don Keith co-author David Rocco to host event in Sleepy Hollow, New York. June 18, 2020, 5:30 to 7:00 PM - David will discuss the book THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN, co-written with Don Keith, as well as display and talk about many of his renowned photographs taken in the Hudson Valley region. The event will be held at the Hudson Valley Writers Center, 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY, and is free to the public. For more info, click HERE.
For more about the true WWII story of Commodore Dixie Kiefer and his amazing service aboard the aircraft carriers Yorktown and Ticondegoga, click HERE
June 16, 2020
Fifth book in THE HUNDER KILLER SERIES by George Wallace and Don Keith released. ARABIAN STORM, a submarine SEAL thriller, was published today by Severn River Publishing and released as an e-book as well as in paperback, hardback and audiobook editions. The book is available wherever books are sold, including most online booksellers.
ARABIAN STORM takes its story right out of today's headlines, a tale about a mysterious terrorist with seemingly infinite resources, known to US intelligence only as Nabiin. But his followers call him the Prophet, and they will stop at nothing to follow his orders—orders that will pit the world powers against one another, and bring about his personal vision of the End of Times.
For skipper Joe Glass and his crew aboard the submarine Toledo, thwarting the seemingly unstoppable terrorist plan becomes their new mission.
Pitted in a race against time before countless civilians are killed, and assisted by a team of Navy SEALs, Joe and his crew must use their submarine, their wits, and their bravery to stop a global war...before it’s too late.
February 11, 2020
Don Keith N4KC speaks to Central Mississippi Amateur Radio Association. The event begins at 7 PM at the Rankin County Extension Service/EOC building in Brandon, Mississippi. See https://www.facebook.com/groups/CMSARA/ for more info on the club. (Don's presentation will be via Skype.) The topic will be "Understanding Ham Lingo" and will be based on Don's book, The Amateur Radio Dictionary.
February 7, 8 and 9, 2020
Orlando Hamcation amateur radio hamfest, Orlando, Florida. One of the largest ham radio get-togethers in the world. Amateur radio operator (and award-winning and best-selling author) Don Keith N4KC will be there with his ham radio books, submarine thriller titles, historical nonfiction works, and WWII books, signing and greeting readers. Don will be at table W-12 in the SWAPS building at the event throughout the hamfest.
February 4, 2020
Speaking to Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) group. Co-meeting with University of Alabama Amateur Radio Club at Univeristy of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, about ham radio and how the hobby is a gateway to a technical career.
January 4, 2020
Blount County Amateur Radio Club's annual Freeze Fest event - Locust Fork High School, Locust Fork, Alabama - 8 AM to noon. Don Keith N4KC will be there with his amateur radio books plus military thrillers, historical non-fiction books, and World War II books. Signing copies. Admission is free for everyone.
December 16, 2019
ARABIAN STORM, new submarine SEAL thriller from George Wallace and Don Keith, now available for pre-order in e-book format. The title will be released in June 2020 in e-book, paper and audio editions by Severn River Press. The book will be the next title in the "Hunter Killer Series" of thriller novels from the prolific pair of authors. Though the series does feature many of the same characters from book to book, they do not have to be read in any particular order and each novel stands on its own. This will be the fifth book in the series. See the Wallace-Keith website for more information about the "Hunter Killer Series" of submarine/SEAL adventures from Don Keith and CDR George Wallace (ret.)..
November 11, 2019
The latest submarine thriller in THE HUNTER KILLER SERIES by former nuclear submarine skipper George Wallace and award-winning and best-selling author Don Keith is released by Severn River Press. The book titled FAST ATTACK is available in hardback, paperback, e-book and audiobook formats. In this exciting techno-thriller, a belligerent Russia seeks to reunite the Soviet Union—starting with Lithuania. As the US sends military support, Russia’s navy forces a dangerous face-off in the Atlantic in what the authors promise to be one of the most unique and astounding battle sequences ever written. Meanwhile, two US submarines are ensnared in a perilous game of cat and mouse with a mysterious Russian craft. When the US president orders all vessels back to port, Commander Joe Glass and his fast attack submarines find a way to remain at sea to engage the enemy. But not all aboard the submarines are who they seem… and with a threatening storm bearing down, the consequences of betrayal could be deadly.
October 18 and 19, 2019
Don Keith (who holds ham radio license N4KC) will be at Hamfest Chattanooga on both Friday and Saturday as this well-attended amateur radio event will move to a two-day meeting this year. In addition to offering and autographing his ham radio books, Don will also conduct forums on "The Top Five Get-on-the-Air Quick Antennas," which will also include info on other ways for newcomers to the hobby to experience all amateur radio has to offer.
For more on Hamfest Chattanooga, visit https://w4am.net/hamfest-chattanooga-2019-quick-start-guide/
August 17 and 18, 2019
Don Keith (who is also a licensed and active amateur radio operator with the call sign N4KC) will be attending the annual ham radio hamfest at Huntsville, Alabama, at the Von Braun Civic Center. Don will be there with many of his books available for sale, including his four ham radio books, his World War II nonfiction works, and the latest books in the "Hunter Killer Series" of military thrillers, including the novel that became the film HUNTER KILLER with Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman. Drop by and say hello to Don in booth #40 in the main hall.
June 14 and 15, 2019
Helena, Alabama, Hamfest, Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, sponsored by Shelby County Amateur Radio Club. Don Keith N4KC will be exhibiting and signing copies of his ham radio books plus other works on World War II, submarines, history, military thrillers, and more. The event will take place at the Helena Community Center, 100 Sports Complex Drive, Helena, Alabama.
Click HERE to learn more and get directions to the event.
June 7 and 8, 2019
SECRET CITY FESTIVAL, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Friday and Saturday. Don will be in the booth at the festival of the Smoky Mountain Base-US Submarine Veterans, answering questions and selling and signing books. That includes the latest releases in "The Hunter Killer Series" of submarine thrillers. The sub vets will have much submarine memorabilia and artifacts on display and will be happy to discuss with visitors their own service and the tremendous value of the stealthy deterrence represented by our nuclear navy.
Don Keith will also be the keynote speaker at the annual tolling of the bells ceremony at the festival, honoring the submariners lost in World War II. The event begins at 10 AM on Saturday, June 8..
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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 desmondfishlibrary.org or call 845-424-3020
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 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, [email protected] (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 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 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 http://www.northshelbylibrary.org
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 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 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 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.
Saturday, June 3, 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 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.
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.
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 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
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.
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
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
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.)
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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).
April 21 -- 12 Noon
Friends of Bryan Public Library luncheon, 338 Commerce Street, West Point, Mississippi -- speaking
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 16 -- 4:30 PM
Interview on WVUA-TV, Channel 23, Tuscaloosa/Birmingham, 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
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.
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 -- 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.
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