One Grand Pop Up Bookstore

Aaron Hicklin of One Grand Books - Photo by Michael Mundy

Aaron Hicklin of One Grand Books - Photo by Michael Mundy


This year, in the festival tent at the Patisserie Fauchere, the One Grand pop up bookstore will show an expanded range of authors from the festival, with a top ten favorite reads list by featured author Lee Child and a variety of books by the main stage authors.

One Grand is owned by Aaron Hicklin and based in Narrowsburg NY. 

Article by Sydney Jarrad for ABA:

"If one has ever desired to know the 10 books Neil Gaiman, Carrie Brownstein, or Gloria Steinem would pack for a trip to a deserted island, the answer is on display at One Grand Books.

What began as a pop-up shop in New York City during the summer of 2015 has become a permanent, 550-square-foot bookstore in the small, upstate New York town of Narrowsburg, which is situated along the Delaware River. Inside the store, shelves present the desert island lists of 100 notable people, such as Tilda Swinton, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alison Bechdel, and Neil Patrick Harris.

One Grand is a passion project for owner Aaron Hicklin, the editor-in-chief of Out magazine and founder of the editorial agency Grand Editorial, who reaches out to the figures he finds most interesting to invite them to create desert island lists.

His idea for “getting people to think about books in a slightly different way” had been percolating for years, Hicklin said, and though his original concept was for an online-only store, he came to the realization that a physical bookstore was a critical component of his dream.

“Just sitting there in a space that I’ve created, surrounded by books and with great customers coming in who love the idea, is why I wanted to open a bookstore,” said Hicklin. “It’s to experience running it myself, being in it, selling books, and pointing things out to people.”

Another part of Hicklin’s motivation in developing the desert island lists was the ability it gave him to showcase interesting books in locations outside of bookstores, as a way of hooking new readers. “One of the things about the lists is they really lend themselves to being placed in atypical environments,” Hicklin said.

One Grand recently debuted a pop-up shop in the Shinola store in Palo Alto, California, where customers can see the desert island lists of Lena Dunham, Miranda July, Gia Coppola, Bret Easton Ellis, and Alice Waters. The store will also host Waters for an event later this month. In Culver City, California, Blue Bottle Coffee will feature titles on five desert island lists when its shop opens later this year.

Closer to home, Hicklin is eyeing an old steamship as the possible home for salon-style readings from the desert island lists. “It’s really fun to map those things out and think about thematic literary events,” said Hicklin, who hopes to have some of the lists’ curators in attendance to read from their picks.

Right now, Hicklin is the sole staffer at One Grand, which is open on weekends. He clearly loves spending time at the shop, which he said has windows on three sides and overlooks the Delaware River at a particular point known for its bald eagle sightings. “There’s something really perfect about it,” he said.

Hicklin and his husband spend a lot of time in the Catskills, and Narrowsburg is fast becoming a hot spot for young people looking for weekend homes or an alternative to living in New York City. Between the up-and-coming community and the strong arts scene in the town, Hicklin felt a lot of energy in Narrowsburg and saw it as a perfect home to launch his unique bookstore. article continues here: