Foster, a doctoral student at The University of Southern Mississippi's
nationally renowned Center for Writers, will be featured on Mississippi
Public Radio and WLBT (NBC) to promote the release of the paperback
edition of "Dog Culture: Writers on the Character of Canines."
Foster, who edited the book and contributed one of the 12 essays on
the culture of dogs, will also be signing copies of the book at two
On Saturday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m., Foster will be at
Lemuria Books in Jackson. He will be joined by homeless dogs and
the Friends of Jackson Animal Shelter.
On Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m., 206 Front
will host a book party in Hattiesburg. Foster will sign books, with
proceeds going to Pit Bull Rescue Central (www.pbrc.net), a virtual
shelter and resource for owners and caretakers of American pit bull
terriers, American Staffordshire terriers and pit bull mixes.
"PBRC is a terrific resource for anyone working
with rescued or abandoned animals," Foster said. In addition
to caring for his own two dogs-both rescued from shelters-Foster
has been tending to an abused pit bull since March. "I found
her on St. Patrick's Day, with bites all over her face, in heat,
infested with heartworms. She nearly lost one eye. But she's a sweetheart."
"Dog Culture," published by The Lyons Press,
features 12 essays by contemporary authors, including Chuck Palahniuk
("Fight Club"), Chris Offutt ("Kentucky Straight"),
Pearl Abraham ("The Romance Reader") and Nicholas Dawidoff
("The Catcher Was a Spy"). It has been featured in Dog
World, Dog Fancy, The San Francisco Chronicle and other national
Foster is the also the editor of "The KGB Bar
Reader" and the author of a collection of stories, "The
Kind I'm Likely to Get." His work has appeared in The New York
Times, Village Voice, Salon, McSweeney's, The Believer and other
publications. In addition to these Mississippi events, he has participated
in "Dog Culture" fundraisers for the Louisiana SPCA, the
New York City Mayor's Alliance for Animals, Extended Circle Animal
Haven in Tallahassee, and others.
Foster moved to Hattiesburg in August 2004 to begin
a three-year course of study toward the Ph.D. degree at the Center
for Writers, the university's highly ranked program in creative
writing directed by novelist and short story writer Frederick Barthelme.
"Ken is a terrific addition to our program," Barthelme
said. "He brings considerable publishing experience, and, as
he's directed a wonderful reading series in New York some years
ago, we've asked him to oversee our Visiting Writers Series, which
is a substantial addition to our program this year."