Ted Heinecken, a publisher's representative, began selling books to Barbara's in 1963. He continued calling on us until his retirement in 2015 - a remarkable 52 years.
Ted died on February 3rd. There will be a memorial service in Chicago on Saturday, April 28, 2:00 PM at Luther Memorial Church, 2500 W. Wilson Ave.
Shortly after his retirement, we asked Ted to write about his bookselling career. What follows is his first and only response. We cherish it and our memories of a dear friend.
- Don Barliant, co-owner of Barbara's Bookstores.
Then and Now - Ted Heinecken
If you look at the About Us page on this website you will see a photograph of the original Barbara's Bookstore on Wells Street in Chicago, circa 1963. I was quite familiar with that store, not only because when it opened my wife and I lived a short block away from it but also because it became part of my professional life. No, I was not one of those knowledgeable staff members who was familiar with every title in the store (as the caption states); instead, I was a rookie publisher's sales rep calling on the owner/buyer in hopes of selling her a decent representation of my company's offerings.
"The merest schoolgirl, when she falls in love, has Shakespeare or Keats to speak her mind for her; but let a sufferer try to describe a pain in his head to a doctor and language runs dry."
--Virginia Woolf, "On Being Ill"
Of Abby Norman's Ask Me About My Uterus., Barbara's staffer Frances writes:
With this, Abby Norman begins her tale of personal pain, self-advocation, and systemic struggle. Each chapter starts with such a quote, and they remind the reader that Ask Me About My Uterus is not a new story, but one that many women and femmes have experienced and chronicled throughout history. While the book is more memoir than scientific study, at its heart is Norman's diagnosis of endometriosis.