Bestselling author Dave Pelzer will be the keynote speaker for “Speaking of Women,” the major fundraiser for The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County. The center provides shelter and other services to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Easton, Trumbull, Stratford and Monroe. In addition to his motivational speeches, Pelzer is the author of seven books, five of which are New York Times bestsellers. His first, “A Child Called It,” recounts his life as a child, when he was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother, a mother who played tortuous games that left him nearly dead. It is the first of a trilogy that includes “The Lost Boy” and “A Man Named Dave.” His latest book, “Moving Forward,” suggests ways for readers to let go of their pasts and use negative experiences to make them stronger. Speaking of Women takes place Thursday, Sept. 26, 11:30 a.m., at the Waterview in Monroe. The center’s staff also will announce plans to improve its services to domestic violence and sexual assualt survivors. Tickets are $175 each and available by visiting http://www.cwfefc.org/.