They came. They saw. They liked our buttons.

The results are in, and Boston Book Festival 2011 was a great success for Union Park Press. The weather was beautiful and the crowd was hopping. Book lovers came in droves to Copley Square to finds new literary treasures, meet authors, and sit in on some great talks and workshops.

We met many enthusiastic readers on Saturday, and had a great time sharing our Union Park Press titles. We were thrilled to show off our newest book, New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens by Kim Knox Beckius, which is arriving in bookstores later this month. It was heartening to see that many of you loved William H. Johnson’s gorgeous photography as much as we do, and that you are excited about this beautiful book.

Sports fans went straight for the Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston, and quickly became engrossed in the history of our city’s famed spectator sports. As always, Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands and Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces were popular books on Saturday, exciting readers with the prospect of exploring the incredible beauty and history of the local places found within.

We met several expecting moms and dads who were relieved to find such a wonderful resource in Boston Baby: A Field Guide for Urban Parents. We also sold a few copies to people who realized that it was a perfect baby shower gift or stocking stuffer. Likewise, it was fun to watch as Cape lovers and science buffs thumbed through Under Cape Cod Waters, smiling as they encountered each gorgeous underwater image. We may be deep into fall now, but several of you seemed to be transported back to those summer days spent on Cape Cod beaches while you looked through the book.

For those of you who we met that were unable to purchase books the day of the Book Festival (we get it—books are not the easiest thing to schlep around the city), please visit our titles on our website, or even better—head to your local bookstore and pick up a few for yourself or for your holiday gift giving.  And for those of you who weren’t able to attend this year’s Book Festival, we hope that you can feel some of the festival love through these photographs. See you next year!

P.S: About those Read Local buttons… we gave away nearly 1000 on Saturday! If you were lucky enough to snag one, remember to wear it proud.  Read local!