About Me


Serven SP 2

I grew up north of Boston. Now I live in western Massachusetts with my wife, Hillary, and our cats.

Together we own Federal Street Books in Greenfield, Mass. You can find our Bookshop page here. Please note that I sometimes write about books here as a reader and fan, but when I post a link to a title it will be linked either to our Bookshop page or the store site. 

During the day I work as a freelance lexicographer. For more than 20 years I worked for Merriam-Webster; you can hear me talking about words and language with my colleagues on a podcast called Word Matters, downloadable here and elsewhere. 

I am also a game-show enthusiast and a competitive candlepin bowler.

Correspondence can be addressed to nserven at gmail dot com.

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