Kem Nunn

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Kem Nunn
Born1948 (age 70–71)
Notable worksTapping the Source

Kem Nunn (born 1948) is an American novelist, surfer, magazine and television writer from California. His novels have been described as "surf-noir" for their dark themes, political overtones and surf settings. He is the author of five novels, including his seminal surf novel Tapping the Source.

He has collaborated with producer David Milch on 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[1] and Northern California.[2] 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".[3] He has also written 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)[2][1]
  • Chance (2014),[4] adapted for television as Chance


  1. ^ a b "News — Author Podcast: Kem Nunn". 13 November 2004. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
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  2. ^ a b Terry Rodgers (August 17, 2004). "Novelist rides write waves". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016 – via
  3. ^ Ed Bianchi (director), Kem Nunn (writer) (2006-07-30). "Leviathan Smiles". Deadwood. Season 3. Episode 8. HBO.
  4. ^ Chance on IMDb

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