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, rides horses, makes costumes for the Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS), and pursues other artistic endeavors. She, her husband, and beloved cats Belzoni & Rossetti reside in Towson. Both of her kitties were born from rescued alley cats in the Kelmscott Bookshop! 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 Gabby Giffords. She is an expert cataloguer, restorer of leather books, 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 Gründlehämmer, Murdercastle, and 1814! The War of 1812 Rock Opera. She has a studio art degree with a concentration in photography from Goucher College.
Pierre was rescued from the alley next to our shop several 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.
Upton Sinclair, apprentice security
Sinclair was discovered wandering loose in our assistant Moira's apartment building with no one willing to claim him. A majestic orange kitty with bright green eyes, he is quick to purr and always seems ready for petting. He has claimed the front desk and greets all customers when they're ready to check out.
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 recently passed on. She is missed greatly by everyone who knew her.