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With new book, Tissot helps fund food program

Caperton Tissot, right, hands a copy of her new book to AdkAction Executive Director Brittany Christianson. (Photo provided)

SARANAC LAKE — Local author Caperton Tissot has a new, ninth book out, a collection of 17 short stories titled “By the Way,” and she is donating 20% of the sales proceeds to AdkAction’s Fair Food Pricing program.

AdkAction is a Saranac Lake-based nonprofit group involved in various fields of advocacy and local action, from preserving butterflies to reducing road salt to feeding people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its Fair Food Pricing program subsidizes the cost of locally produced food for low-income households. It creates an affordable outlet to purchase fresh food while sustaining a market for area farmers.

“It’s a small way for me to help local farmers as well as those in dire need of food,” Tissot, of Saranac Lake, said in a press release.

She is making her donation in memory of the late Thomas M. Boothe, a Saranac Lake resident who was board chair of AdkAction until he died on Oct. 30 at age 71.

Tissot’s mostly fictional stories involve characters from various social strata. “Rose Hall” tells of upheaval in an old Virginian estate while “Lockjaw” dives into the mystery of a watery disappearance. “Slip-Sliding Away” involves a journey from a Manhattan skyscraper to a remote Western town, and “Truth at Play” takes place entirely within a Victorian house. “Beauty and the Frog” moves from the jungles of Brazil to a startling encounter at an American university. The last story is nonfiction and paints a picture of life in the author’s own Adirondack neighborhood.

Due to the pandemic, there will be no book signing. Instead, Tissot encourages people to patronize their local gift shops, bookstores and libraries where autographed copies are available.

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