joined award-winning author Regina Williams (author of
"Promise," a Pulplwood Queens Book Club International Selection)
on a "Short Fiction" panel at Main Street Reads, Summerville,
South Carolina. This was part of the 10th Anniversary
Celebration of "Independent Booksellers Day."
January 6, 2024, 3pm - 4pm, Bluffton Library:: John MacIlroy and a panel of authors, all affilated with the Island Writer's Network will answer your writing questions.Click for more Info
April 28, 2023:
7 July 2022:
The authors mourn the passing on July 27, 2022, of the wonderful
Tony Dow. Mr. Dow, who played “Wally” on “Leave it to Beaver,”
was a beloved actor on one of America’s most iconic television
shows. He spoke very kindly of our book. Our hearts go out to
his family and close friends, including our agent, Jerry Rudes.
14 September 2021:
Southeastern Writers.org 2021 Contest Winners:
The Amy Munnell Award for Character Essays
1st Place:. Three Buses – John MacIlroy
The Lowcountry Award for Excellence in Southern Writing
3rd Place: The Man Inside – John MacIlroy
August 4, 2021: Podcast - A
Conversation with Author John "Mac" Macllroy
March 14, 2020,
MacIlroy's short story "The Caretaker's Daughter" will appear in
Catfish Stew, a print anthology of both short fiction and essay
by Carolina writers. It will be released in late April, in
conjunction with the South Carolina Writers Conference and The
March 6, 2020,
Bud’s story “Bet
Y’all Wonderin’ Why I Just Done That” was also published on
the Y’all cover page on March 6, 2020. This story recounts
another dangerous flight, this one involving one of the world’s
February 25, 2020,
Bud’s story “Munny Talks” was
published on the cover page of the online edition of
Y’all Magazine. This
is actually a story within a story, involving a dangerous trip
around the moon and an almost equally dangerous car ride a half
November 28, 2019,
"Best Of 2019" by
Bud’s story “Thank You for Saving My Mother’s Life” was
published on the cover page of the online edition of
The story recounts a moving event that took place a few years
back in Savannah, Georgia, highlighting a renowned Mississippi
comedian, a famous Savanna ghost, several World War II veterans,
and the very grateful son of a WWII survivor. The link
highlights Not Exactly Rocket Scientists and Other Stories,
as well as Mac’s story “Dukes,” published earlier in Y’all
and then in tandem with Bud’s story.
"Best Of 2019" by
Y’all Magazine. In August 14, MacIlroy's short story "Duke's" was published in
the on-line edition of "Y'all," [Yall.com,
note no apostrophe.] The magazine is lively and fun, dedicated to the
unique "vernacular" of the South, and spotlighting Southern culture,
travel and authors. In addition to an introduction to the story on
the "Y'all Show" podcast the day before, the magazine recognized
"Rocket Scientists," with a nod to Mr. Conroy's cover quote.
August 23, 2019,
March 5, 2019,
In this episode, we meet Bud Schill, co-author of Not
Exactly Rocket Scientists and other Stories. The late Pat
Conroy said it is a “great book about friendship, growing up in
the fifties, and a lost America that will never come again.”
Bud reads several stories about “boys being boys” in the era of
his youth. He describes the period in the lead story this way:
“As a kid in the 1950s, I always figured the first person on the
moon would be Alice Kramden. Her TV husband, Ralph (Jackie
Gleason), began threatening to send her there in 1956. Of
course, he never did. But 13 years later, on the day my first
child was born, July 20, 1969, the United States put a man up
there. A lot of stuff happened in between.”
Listen to Podcast
August 14, 2018, Christian
chats with John MacIlroy, who is one of the authors of the book "Not
Exactly Rocket Scientists (and Other Stories)" about growing up in
suburban New Jersey in the 50's and 60's.
July 10, 2018, Listen to the
interview with KateD. What a treat to speak with Bud Schill. Not
Exactly Rocket Scientists takes you on a wild ride through three
boys lives who become very interesting men.
Listen to interview with Rick Title on Sports Byline USA on
Wednesday June 20th 2018
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
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
Thursday April 26th, 2018
Millburn Library (Upstairs Auditorium)
p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
begins at 7:30 p.m.
Q and A
and book signing to follow.
Enjoy Millburn Deli and Ice Tea courtesy of our
April 28, 2018, Noon - 4pm
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
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.”
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.
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
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
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.