Best-selling Author Charles Belfoure to Visit the Hereford Branch on April 14

April 10, 2019 | By Baltimore County Public Library

Portrait of Charles Belfoure

New York Times best-selling author Charles Belfoure will visit the Hereford Branch on Sunday, April 14, for the Friends of the Hereford Library’s annual open house. Mr. Belfoure will discuss his newest novel, "The Fallen Architect," his literary career and answer attendee questions. Book sales, signings (cash or check) and free refreshments will be available. 

Hereford librarian Cynthia Webber recently spoke with the Carroll County-based author about the inspiration for his books and his career journey from professional architect to novelist. 

Cynthia Webber (CW): How did you go from being an architect to a novelist?

Charles Belfoure (CB): I started out writing architectural history, including "The Baltimore Rowhouse" and "Monuments to Money: The Architecture of American Banks." Then I thought it would be more fun to write fiction and create stories from my imagination. And there's no tedious footnoting to do!

Cover of the novel The Fallen Architect

CW: Your newest novel, "The Fallen Architect," is about a disgraced architect who struggles to clear his name in 1900, London. Can you talk a little about your inspiration for this book?

CB: I got the idea from Thornton Wilder's "The Bridge at San Luis Rey," where a dozen strangers die when a rope bridge over a canyon fails. I transposed the idea to a British musical hall where part of the balcony fails.

CW: The mixing of the social classes seems to be a common thread in your works. Why? 

CB: The interaction between people who would never know each other in normal life adds a dramatic element to the plot. A New York Gilded Age debutante would normally never associate with a professional pickpocket.

CW: Have any novelists inspired you along the way?

CB: I read very little fiction, but Anne Tyler would be my closest favorite.

CW: You focus on architectural history in your fiction and nonfiction writings. Is there an architectural period or subject still out there that you are keen to explore?

CB: I’d like to do a book set in the present. Stay tuned.

CW: Any information you can share on your next book? 

CB: I’ve been working on my fourth novel, which is about an architect in the Imperial Court of the last Tsar of Russia.

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