Photographer Penny Wolin’s life work has revolved around chronicling the different cultures bubbling in America’s melting pot. Her latest project, “Descendants of Light: American Photographers of Jewish Ancestry,” is about to become a book, thanks to a recent Kickstarter campaign. The collection comprises stark, stirring portraits photographed in black-and-white, and show their subjects in a variety of lights. The book is due for release later this year, and this week Wolin appears in a special pre-publication party to show rarely seen photographs and speak about her road trips spent documenting her subjects. The Descendants of Light presentation takes place on Thursday, Aug. 13, at Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 7pm. 707.528.4222.