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April 26, 2018, 6:45pm - 8:45pm
An Evening of Conversation and Nostalgia:

Growing up in Millburn-Short Hills

in the late 1950s & early 1960s.

 

Please join us at the Millburn Library on Thursday April 26 for a most wonderful 

      Evening of Conversation and Nostalgia

with Millburn High School grads Gilbert E. "Bud" Schill, Jr., John W. "Mac" MacIlroy, and Robert D. "Rob" Hamilton III, who are the authors of the new book Not Exactly Rocket Scientists and Other Stories. 

Andrew W. Permison (MODERATOR), Past President of the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society. 

In this fun and intimate conversation, the authors will share stories of their boyhood youth growing up in Millburn-Short Hills during the 1950s and 1960s. A collection of "mostly true" short stories, Rocket Scientists chronicles life in small town America and celebrates the magic of youth, the miracle of friendship, and the gift of stories told over the years with both laughter and tears. 

"A great book about friendships, growing up in the fifties, and a lost America that will never come again."

                                   - Pat Conroy,
                                   New York Times Bestselling author

Date: Thursday April 26th

Place: Millburn Library (Upstairs Auditorium)

Time: 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Q and A and book signing to follow. 

Enjoy Millburn Deli and Ice Tea courtesy of our authors!

April 28, 2018, Noon - 4pm
John
MacIlroy will appear at McIntosh Book Store, (421 Bay Street, Beaufort, South Carolina) on Saturday, April 28, from noon until 4:00 p.m. Beginning Friday April 27, Beaufort will host this year's South Carolina Academy of Authors Induction Weekend, presented in partnership with the Pat Conroy Literay Center.  The town will be buzzing with gatherings, readings and events throughout the weekend, including tours and exhibits celebrating the writing of 1988 Academy honoree Pat Conroy.  Come and enjoy the weekend fun, and meet a "Rocket Scientist" author at McIntosh on Saturday.

January 20, 2018
Rob and Bud will be appearing and signing copies of Not Exactly Rocket Scientists and Other Stories from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, at the Second Chapter Book Store at 1 West Washington St. in Middleburg, Virginia on January 20.  They will have in tow with them both Woody Thompson (of Memphis, Tenn.) and The Rev. James A. (“Bay”) Basinger of Oatlands, Va., who are principal characters in many of the stories in the book, including “The Short Hills Detroits,” “Son of a Hitch,” “The Great Cross Disaster,” “Eat a Mad, Newk” and “This Is No Fun.”

December, 2017
Kevin and Mary Lynn Kiley are enjoying "Rocket Scientists" as they write a popular blog on Cape Cod. (http://www. capecodrestaurants.com/blog/.)   Their restaurant website http://www.capecodrestaurants. com/ is widely popular with visitors to Cape Cod.  It provides information on restaurants, events, and tourist sights throughout the Cape.

December, 2017
Our friends at the Hilton Head Visitors Center booth, next to Hudson's -- our favorite seafood restaurant on the Island -- will happily give you great ideas for tours and events on the island (along with discounts). Just say hello to Jenn, take a look at our "Rocket Scientists" display, then go have a terrific local fresh seafood dish at Hudson's. (We recommend the grilled oysters on the shell, just for starters.) Andrew and his team will take great care of you: if the weather cooperates, tell them you want to sit on the newly-expanded deck, and watch the boats go by.

September 2, 2017
A successful book signing was held at E. Shaver, Bookseller at 326 Bull Street, Savannah, Georgia.

October 20, 2017
A successful book signing was held at McIntosh Book Shoppe  located in the historic Old Bay Marketplace, 917 Bay Street, Beaufort, South Carolina.

November 18, 2017
A successful book signing was held at  the Bluffton Book Festival, Bluffton, South Carolina.

AND WATCH FOR THESE ANNOUNCEMENTS:
The authors are busy lining up other signings and talks, including signing events at "Reminisce," located along the Promenade at 20 Promenade Street, in Old Town Bluffton, South Carolina 843-757-2500, on Facebook at Reminisce at the Promenade). This is the famous "Little Red Shop," run by Lori and Jerry Glenn. From sports collectibles and the baseball art of Dick Perez, to fine gifts and gourmet foods, this is the store "Where Old is New Again." Get a peek at the fun inside on our "Gallery," where we've posted a picture of Bud with Jerry Glenn. Bud -- as you know from "Eat a MAD, Newk " -- loved the old Brooklyn Dodgers, and Jerry fixed him right up. He'll sell you our book, too.

Other events are in the works for Charleston, Richmond, Virginia (Bud's hailing port), Jersey (Rob may take a few of these, along with Bud and Mac as they return to the scene of many of the adventures in Rocket Scientists.) But this is almost certain: the authors, still banned for life from the local bowling lane (as you learn in Bud's story "Banned for Life"), won't be doing an event there.

But here's the great news. You don't even have to wait for these events to buy your book: it's available now! Bring it along later for signing, or, better yet, buy another one at the event!

July 29, 2017
MacIlroy's short story "Chester" was among the winners in the Summer Writing Contest sponsored by The Write Practice, and will be published at shortfictionbreak.com on July 29, 2017. Unlike the lighter and zany nonsense of Rocket Scientists, "Chester" is a wholly fictional tale of a secret government project gone wrong, carried along in a mix of history and pathos.

March 28, 2017
MacIlroy's short story "Tango-19" was published on March 28, 2017, and can be read at shortfictionbreak.com. "Tango-19" takes the reader on a journey of discovery through a dark place, a tale of hard choices lightened by a redemptive, and hopeful, ending message.


 

   
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