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 and her husband, Steve, reside in Silver Spring.

Steve Durako, assistant manager
After retiring from an exuberant career at Westat filled with years of overseas travel and advancing public health worldwide, Steve has agreed to assist us at the shop. He has become an expert at customer service, shipping, book keeping, and maintaining order over our previously chaotic shelving system. When not toiling at the shop, Steve volunteers regularly for Meals on Wheels and other non-profit community associations.

Susannah Horrom, manager
In addition to managing the shop, Susannah is responsible for designing our advertisements and catalogs, writing our e-newsletters, photographing our rare books, and assisting with our cataloging needs. She also makes our booths at Antiquarian book fairs the standouts of the show. In her spare time she binds hand-made journals, remembers fondly the days that she used to ride horses and build costumes for the Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS), and pursues other artistic endeavors. She, her husband, son, and beloved cats Belzoni, Gwen, Lucius, and Gabriel reside in Towson. All of her kitties (including the now deceased Rossetti) were either rescued alley cats from the alley next to the 25th Street shop OR they were born at the Kelmscott Bookshop! She has a studio art degree from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a concentration in photography and a Masters in Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Pierre and Sinclair

Pierre, former security
Pierre was rescued from the alley next to our shop many years ago. He is white with a black spot on his head (resembling a small beret) and a striped raccoon tail. He enjoys eating, tripping customers, stealing pencils, and learning French. He's a little skittish and is not the smartest cat, but he warms up quickly to anyone opening a can of cat food. Due to our irregular hours, Pierre is currently being fostered by our prior assistant, Moira. Pierre has some health issues including a history of diabetes; although, he is currently in remission and does not require insulin. Please contact us if you are interested in providing a permanent home for Pierre.

Upton Sinclair, retired security
Sinclair was discovered wandering loose in our ex-assistant Moira's apartment building with no one willing to claim him. A majestic orange kitty with bright green eyes, he was quick to purr and always seemed ready for petting. Sadly, Sinclair recently passed on due to cancer.

Madeline, retired security
Madeline was adopted from the SPCA soon after Fran purchased the bookshop. She quickly adjusted to her new home and became the perfect shop cat - always purring and ready to crawl into an available lap. Sadly, after struggling with diabetes and later cancer, Madeline passed on. She is missed greatly by everyone who knew her.


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