Escondido, CA – Rider South of Ghost Mountain fame will be at the Escondido Public Library on Monday, October 28th, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. He will be talking about his father, Marshal South, and his family’s 17-year experiment in primitive living. He wants to highlight his father’s accomplishments as a western novelist which he feels have been obscured by his father’s controversial life style choices.

Sixty-five years ago, Rider South came down from Anza-Borrego’s Ghost Mountain as a young teenager, and his life changed dramatically. Rider and his younger brother and sister had been part of their parents’ experiment in primitive living. This was chronicled as a monthly series by Marshal South in the pages of Desert Magazine, running for nine consecutive years until 1948.

Rider has vivid memories of his early life on Ghost Mountain. He was aware that his father’s writings and artistic creations were sources of income for the family and helped to provide some of the necessities they needed to survive on that waterless mountaintop. Yet today, Marshal South is hardly remembered as a very talented writer of western fiction. It is Rider’s hope that, with the republication of Marshal South Rides Again: His Anza-Borrego Novels, readers will discover a Marshal South separate from the sensationalism caused by his life choices.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at  or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.