News & Forthcoming

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. The book is also available in a Kindle edition.

Social media posts about the book will include the hashtags #ClosedRanks and #WhitehurstCase. To read the press release, 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 the Homewood Public Library on Tuesday, January 22.

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:

Tuesday, January 22: Homewood Public Library, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Thursday, February 7: Center for the Arts & Humanities, Pebble Hill in Auburn, 4:00 PM
Tuesday, February 12: Alabama Department of Archives & History, 6:00 PM
Tuesday, April 10: Auburn University at Montgomery’s OLLI Brown Bag Luncheon
Saturday, April 13: Alabama Book Festival (Time TBA)


Foster is now 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, but the deadline for entering this year’s contest passed on December 31, 2018.


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.