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Local authors peddle new bike book

Local authors peddle new bike book

Jay Livingston and Szifra Birke coast downhill on Lowell’s Tyler Park on their tandem bicycle. The couple recently released their self-published book, “In Tandem: Pedaling…

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Jay Livingston and Szifra Birke coast downhill on Lowell’s Tyler Park on their tandem bicycle. The couple recently released their self-published book, “In Tandem: Pedaling Through Midlife on a Bicycle Built for Two.” (Kevin Harkins photo) LOWELL — Szifra Birke and Jay Livingston will be reading from their newly published book, “In Tandem: Pedaling Through Midlife on a Bicycle Built for Two,” Sunday afternoon.

The launch event at Lala Books at 189 Market St. is the first of three local opportunities to meet the authors, discuss the book and get a hand-signed copy of the 230-page, self-published book.

Originally dropped in early September, “In Tandem” is more than an instructional manual for tandem bicycling. It is, according to the book’s cover, an examination of how those in midlife navigate new relationships after death and divorce.

Birke, whose name is an anagram for biker, is a lifelong Lowellian with familial ties to Birke’s Department Store, a bypast merchant formerly located a half-block from Lala on Market Street. Livingston is a transplant and avid cyclist who, along with Birke, is a professional executive coach.

This is his second major literary work. “Simple Steps to Change: Your Business, Your Life” was released in December 2014.

In the new book, Livingston serves as the narrative’s protagonist but it is the couple’s relationship that is really the central character.

The bicycle in the book serves only as a vehicle: both in the mechanical sense and the literary device sense. Early reviews from senior cycling coach Andy Applegate give a closer […]

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