Nathan Montoya, Owner/Proprietor

Nathan was born in Rochester, New York, into a family of musicians. After a nomadic childhood, he landed in Indiana, where he found himself attending the same high school as Kurt Vonnegut (just not at the same time). He earned a BA in Psychology and Religious Studies, a BA in Biology (Certificate in Environmental Studies), and an MS in Ballet (Minor in Opera Stage Directing) from Indiana University.

In the 1970s Nathan drove a taxicab in New York City and worked as a manager at the legendary Café Figaro in Greenwich Village while training with the Harkness Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and Martha Graham School. In New York he performed with the Martha Graham Ensemble and the Pearl Lang Dance Company. During the 1980’s he and his wife, Anne, taught master classes through Germany and the United Kingdom and performed with the dance companies of the opera houses in the German cities of Detmold and Giessen, where Nathan also served as ballet and modern dance master and resident choreographer. After retuning to the States, following the birth of their son, he served for 17 years as a professor in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.

Nathan now happily identifies as a bouquiniste, specializing in world religions, science fiction, poetry, literary fiction, and antiquarian tomes. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and the Award Panel for the Indiana Authors Award, hits the gym as often as possible, and practices the traditional Japanese martial art Aikido, in which he holds the rank of Shodan, or first degree black belt.

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