Sat., February 1 from noon to 2 PM at the Village Mercantile -- Winter Carnival Book Signing with author Caperton Tissot. Meet the author of "Saranac Lake's Ice Palace" and a host of other books--fiction, non-fiction and poetry.


Contact: Terry Reed

The Village Mercantile

518 354 8173 



Saranac Lake, New York:  The Village Mercantile (formerly The Community Store) will be hosting Saranac Lake’s own Caperton Tissot for a book signing and a meet and greet on Saturday, February 1 from noon until 2 PM as a kick off to the 2020 Winter Carnival.

Caperton has had a diverse career life in health care, pottery, environmental politics, and cultural commentary. Her life in the Adirondacks has been a healthy combination of active outdoor exploration, creative writing, poetry, and historical documentation.

Among her diverse collection of novels, memoirs, and local histories, Caperton has engaged audiences with her history of Saranac Lake’s Ice Palace, with proceeds directly benefitting the Saranac Lake’s Winter Carnival Ice Palace fund. Her 54-page booklet features 45 black-and-white historic and contemporary photos of Winter Carnival’s crown jewel.

Caperton’s novel “On Thin Ice: The Life and Times of a North Woods Caretaker” follows injured ski champion Tuck Rising’s return to his hometown where he finds work as a Great Camp caretaker more challenging than the racecourse obstacles he encountered on the slopes.

Her memoir, “Kicking Leaves” shares her story of a woman born to wealth and privilege, who rejected the upper-class values of her parents. Readers follow her adventures from a Dutch castle to a trailer park, meet an array of historical figures and relive the author’s near brushes with death.

In “History Between the Lines, Women’s Lives and Saranac Lake Customs,” Caperton traces Saranac Lake’s spirit of goodwill from mid-nineteenth century to the present through sixteen individual women’s stories complete with a full set of portrait photographs taken by professional photographer Mark Kurtz plus thirty personal and archived photos to round out the text. Her history gleaned praise from North Country Public Radio’s Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann who writes, “…Caperton Tissot’s oral history teases out the threads that make up that tapestry, weaving the personal stories of some very unique women with fascinating bits of historical context.”

Caperton is inspired by family, small communities, the arts and backcountry wilderness. She explained how her audience also motivates her by saying, “I am so grateful to my readers. They validate all the solitary hours spent writing books.”

Find out what else Caperton has published and more about her life journey at the Village Mercantile on February 1.

The Village Mercantile is open from 9AM to 6PM from Monday to Saturday; 9:30AM to 4 PM on Sunday. The store features a large assortment of Myth and Legend-themed merchandise for the 2020 Winter Carnival festivities.

The Village Mercantile has a robust e-commerce website ( that can help make  shopping fun and easy year-round, especially for shipping Adirondack-made and inspired products. In addition, the Village Mercantile offers a wide selection of books written by Adirondack authors.

The store also features specialty gift boxes including a seasonal Sweetheart Gift Box for Valentine’s Day and a custom-arranged Birthday Gift Box, offering to personalize these gifts with handwritten note cards.

The Village Mercantile on Main Street continues to be a mainstay of commerce for the Saranac Lake community chockfull of clothing, accessories, natural health aids, lots of maple products, household items, books and everyday needs.

For more information on the Village Mercantile e-commerce site or the store at 97 Main Street, call: 518 354 8173 or email:


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