About the Bookshop
Fran Durako, owner
Fran, a bibliophile who grew up in Indiana, was formerly the chief information officer for a large DC law firm. She purchased the Kelmscott Bookshop in 2003. An avid collector of books about the Pre-Raphaelites, William Morris, and private presses, it is quite appropriate that she bought a shop named after Morris's home and press. She, her husband, Steve, and their 2 cats (Jake and Arthur) reside in Silver Spring.
Susannah Horrom, manager
In addition to managing the shop, Susannah is responsible for designing our advertisements and catalogs. She also makes our booths at Antiquarian book fairs the standouts of the show. In her spare time she binds hand-made journals, makes costumes for the Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS), and pursues other artistic endeavors. She, her husband, and beloved cat Belzoni reside in Towson. She has a studio art degree from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a concentration in photography.
Moira Horowitz, assistant
Moira, originally from Philadelphia, has been charmed by Baltimore and now lives just minutes from our shop with her three adorable kitties: William Morris, Thomas Calvert, and Harriet Tubman. She is an expert cataloguer and shipper. She is heavily involved with the theater and volunteers regularly with the Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS). Moira has an amazing voice and has recently starred in several shows including Murdercastle and 1814! The War of 1812 Rock Opera. She has a studio art degree with a concentration in Photography from Goucher College.
Madeline was rescued from the SPCA several years ago, after which she quickly made herself at home amongst our books. Her favorite perch is the front desk from which she greets all of our customers. She enjoys accompanying customers throughout the shop, trying to mar expensive books, and pestering Moira.
Pierre, security assistant
Pierre was rescued from the alley next to our shop several months ago. He enjoys eating, stealing pencils, and stalking Madeline. He's a little skittish and is not the smartest cat, but he warms up quickly to anyone holding a treat. He is looking for a loving home with someone to entertain him.