Nunn at Étonnants Voyageurs festival in 2013
|Born||1948 (age 71–72)|
|Notable works||Tapping the Source|
Kem Nunn (born 1948) is a third-generation Californian novelist, surfer, magazine and television writer who lives in northern California. He has been described as "the inventor of surf-noir" for his novels' dark themes, political overtones and surf settings. He is the author of six novels, including his 1984 seminal debut surf novel Tapping the Source. Tapping The Source inspired the 1991 movie Point Break, and its 2015 remake.
He collaborated with producer David Milch on the third and final season (2006) of the HBO Western drama series Deadwood. Milch and Nunn co-created the HBO series John from Cincinnati, a surfing series set in Imperial Beach, California which premiered on June 10, 2007.
Kem Nunn grew up in Pomona and Northern California. He has written the novels Tapping the Source, Dogs of Winter, Pomona Queen, Unassigned Territory, Tijuana Straits, and Chance. He received an MFA in creative writing from UC Irvine.
Nunn joined the crew of the HBO western drama Deadwood as a writer for the third and final season in 2006. The series was created by David Milch and focused on a growing town in the American West. Nunn wrote the episode "Leviathan Smiles". He also wrote for season 5 of Sons of Anarchy.
- Tapping the Source (1984)
- Unassigned Territory (1986)
- Pomona Queen (1992)
- The Dogs of Winter (1997)
- Tijuana Straits (2004)
- Chance (2014), adapted for television as Chance
- Nunn, Kem (2013). The Dogs of Winter. New York: Washington Square Press. p. 369. ISBN 9781439125151. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
- Silverblatt, Michael (2 December 2004). "Bookworm: Kem Nunn". KCRW. Santa Monica, CA. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
- Anselmi, J.J. (3 October 2016). "Kem Nunn inspired Point Break and explored the dark side of the beach". The A.V. Club. Chicago. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
- Hernandez, K. (22 August 2007). "The Death of John from Cincinnati". Voice of San Diego. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
- "News — Author Podcast: Kem Nunn". bookbuffet.com. 13 November 2004. Retrieved 5 November 2016. part_1 part_2 part_3
- Terry Rodgers (August 17, 2004). "Novelist rides write waves". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016 – via archive.org.
- Ed Bianchi (director), Kem Nunn (writer) (2006-07-30). "Leviathan Smiles". Deadwood. Season 3. Episode 8. HBO.
- Reynolds, Susan Salter (18 February 2014). "When the World Goes Dark". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
- Bean, Henry (28 June 1987). "Unassigned Territory by Kem Nunn". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
- Smith, Cassandra (12 April 1992). "The Last Orange Grove: Pomona Queen, by Kem Nunn". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
- Rafferty, Terrence (8 February 2014). "Madness Most Discreet". New York Times. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
- Chance on IMDb
- Kem Nunn on IMDb
- Chance on IMDb
- Works by or about Kem Nunn in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- No Exit Press biography
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