Lynn Downey is touring with her biography Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World. Through storytelling, images, and readings from her book, Downey will help her audiences better know one of San Francisco’s most famous citizens: Levi Strauss. She will talk about his early years in Bavaria and New York; his life, career, and contributions to San Francisco history, culture, and politics; and how he and a Reno, Nevada tailor invented the first blue jeans.
Her book, the first full-length biography of Strauss, has received glowing reviews, including this one from Foreword Reviews: "Levi Strauss reveals the inspiring story of a man who ultimately transformed modern fashion. It is a quintessential immigrant story with fascinating insights into American history." For more reviews, please see Levi Strauss.
Below is Downey's book talk schedule, which we will update as she continues her tour:
June 27: Sacramento County Historical Society
July 25: San Francisco History Association