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Foster’s new book Closed Ranks: The Whitehurst Case in Post-Civil Rights Montgomery has been released and is available online from AmazonTarget, Walmart, Books A Million, Barnes & Noble, and other national and local retailers. The book is also available in a Kindle edition. To read the press release, click here.

Social media posts about the book will include the hashtags #ClosedRanks and #WhitehurstCase.

The release was held on November 1, 2018 at the Read Herring Bookstore in downtown Montgomery and was covered by the Montgomery Advertiser, WSFA, and The Crime Report. If you missed the release event or others, the bookstore has autographed copies in stock.

Read the Alabama Writers Forum’s new review of Closed Ranks!

To schedule a signing or book talk, please use the contact form on the About page. While you might think of signings and talks as public events that occur in bookstores or on college campuses, Foster will also schedule invitation-only readings and discussions with book clubs, civic organizations, and school groups.

Upcoming public events:

Saturday, April 6: Arts & Craft Beer Festival, Goat Haus Biergarten (with #21DreamsMGM), All Day
Saturday, April 13: Alabama Book Festival, 10:00 AM
Wednesday, April 17: Auburn University at Montgomery’s OLLI Brown Bag Luncheon, 12:00 noon


Though Emily Blejwas’s new book The Story of Alabama in Fourteen Foods, will not be released until July 2019, the curriculum guide that Foster created for the book is available here starting on Friday, March 1. The book, which is being published by the University of Alabama Press, is available for pre-order. Access to the curriculum guide is free.


In 2018, Foster re-designed and coordinated the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum‘s annual Literary Contest for high school students and college undergrads. To honor the centennial of Scott and Zelda’s first meeting in Montgomery, this year’s theme was “What’s Old Is New,” giving a nod to the daring and innovative spirit of Scott’s and Zelda’s artistic and literary work by seeking out this generation’s brave thinkers. This year’s contest winners have been notified. More information about the winners will be posted on the museum’s website. Information about next year’s contest will posted there in the fall of 2019.


Having been continuously published since 2010, Pack Mule for the New School was re-named Welcome to Eclectic in June 2018. The focus of the blog remains the same, and no previous posts have been removed. The name was changed to more accurately describe writing that is “Deep Southern, Diversified & Re-Imagined.”

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Beginning in October 2018, Welcome to Eclectic is featuring a new weekly column called “Dirty Boots: A Column of Critical Thinking, Border Crossing, and Noblesse Oblige,” which is published on Tuesday afternoons. The column offers a Deep Southern, Generation X perspective on life in the 21st century, whose daily (and political) realities regularly present new quandaries that are often born out of the old quandaries. Whether the issue is education or race or food or economics, weekly posts address the possibilities for change in a region with an earned reputation for resisting it.


You can keep up with Foster Dickson by liking his author pages on Facebook and Amazon, by following him on TwitterInstagram, or GoodReads, or by connecting with him on LinkedIn.


Any of Foster’s books, including I Just Make People Up about artist Clark Walker and the anthology Children of the Changing South, are available on Amazon and through other national retailers. For a complete listing of Foster’s books, visit his Author Central page on Amazon or his page on GoodReads.