ESCONDIDO — Former child abuse victim, foster child and now best-selling author Dave Pelzer will have a book signing in Escondido on Nov. 12 to benefit the Cal State San Marcos Tutor Connection Program. The signing starts at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 810 W. Valley Parkway.
A portion of the proceeds will be used to purchase gas cards to defray expenses incurred by student volunteers who drive to and from the homes of foster youth needing tutorial assistance.
Pelzer was placed in the foster care system at age 12 after being nearly killed by his mentally disturbed alcoholic mother. He has since chronicled the ordeal and penned six inspirational books, two of which were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
“I believe the lives we live are the lives we make,” he writes in the preface to his newest book, “Moving Forward.” “Call it self-destiny, God’s will, karma, good luck, bad luck, whatever. But when you finally sit down at the end of the day and look at yourself in the mirror, after you’ve scrubbed away all the grime and makeup and truly see yourself and where you’re at in this stage of your life, without any pretense or the trappings of your outer façade, the reality of life hits you right between the eyes.”
Tutor Connection was launched in 2002 by Cal State San Marcos education professor John Halcon and Michelle Lustig, coordinator of Foster Youth Services with the San Diego County Office of Education Student Support Services. The Tutor Connection Program aims to prepare future teachers address the special needs of foster children.