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Foster’s new book Closed Ranks: The Whitehurst Case in Post-Civil Rights Montgomery has been released and is available from AmazonTarget, Walmart, Books A Million, Barnes & Noble, and other national and local retailers.

Social media posts about the book will include the hashtags #ClosedRanks and #WhitehurstCase. To read the press release for the book, click here.

The book’s release event was held on Thursday, November 1 at the Read Herring Bookstore in downtown Montgomery and  was covered by the Montgomery Advertiser and WSFA. If you missed the event, the store has autographed copies in stock. The next public event will be at Auburn University at Montgomery on November 27 at 4:00 PM.

To schedule a signing or book talk, please use the contact form on the About page. While most people think of signings and talks as public events that occur in bookstores or on college campuses, Foster will also schedule private invitation-only readings and discussions at homes (“house concerts”) and churches.

Upcoming events (all open to the public):

November 27: Auburn University at Montgomery, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
December 12: Juliette Hampton Morgan Public Library’s Open House (Time TBA)
January 22: Homewood Public Library, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
February 7: Center for the Arts & Humanities, Pebble Hill (Time TBA)
February 12: Alabama Department of Archives & History (Time TBA)
April 10: Auburn University at Montgomery’s OLLI


Beginning on October 2, 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 living in the 21st century, whose daily (and political) realities regularly present us with new quandaries in the areas of diversity, equality, social justice, civil rights, and education.


This year, Foster is coordinating the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum‘s annual Literary Contest. Since 2018 marks the centennial of Scott and Zelda meeting in Montgomery, this year’s theme is “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. The contest is open to high school students and college undergrads.


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 book, visit his Author Central page on Amazon.


You can keep up with Foster Dickson by liking his author page on Facebook, by following him on Twitter or on Instagram, or by connecting with him on LinkedIn.


Pack Mule for the New School has been re-named Welcome to Eclectic as of mid-June 2018. The focus of the blog will remain the same, and no previous posts will be removed. The name was changed to more accurately describe writing that is “Deep Southern, Diversified & Re-Imagined.”


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