News & Forthcoming

Foster’s new book Closed Ranks: The Whitehurst Case in Post-Civil Rights Montgomery is slated for an October 2018 release and is already available for pre-order from AmazonTarget, Walmart, and other national and local retailers. Social media posts about the book will include the hashtags #ClosedRanks and #WhitehurstCase.

Information about the book’s release event and about dates and locations for other signings and talks will be posted here. To schedule a signing or talk, please use the contact form on the About page. To read the press release for the book, click here.


Beginning on October 2, Welcome to Eclectic will feature a new weekly column called “Dirty Boots: A Column of Critical Thinking, Border Crossing, and Noblesse Oblige,” which will be published weekly on Tuesday afternoons. The column will offer 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.


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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