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The Saturday night before the Brooklyn Book Festival, Borough President Markowitz’s “Literary Council” threw a cocktail party to honor Paul Auster, the first recipient of the Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Award. Auster accepted the award, known as “the Bobby,” with a quick speech and hightailed it out of there before our second glass of wine.

Getting into the literary spirit, GO Brooklyn asked partygoers for the best thing that they read this summer.

Joshua Ferris, author of “Then We Came to the End.”

“I discovered that I like reading Henry James.”

Marty Markowitz, Borough President

“Actually, I finished two books in the last two weeks. One was ‘No Momma’s Boy,” Dominick Carter’s first book. You had to break down and cry — I loved it. And also Joe Hynes — the district attorney’s — book, ‘Triple Homicide.’”

Jahmila Joseph, Park Slope resident

“[Stephanie Klein’s] ‘Straight Up and Dirty,’ which was a beach book classic, though I read plenty of it on the F train.”

Johnny Temple, publisher of Akashic Books

“The best thing I read this summer is a book that I was painfully late in reading: Jonathan Lethem’s ‘Fortress of Solitude,’ which is a book about a few memorable characters, but also the changing landscape of Brooklyn. It moved me so profoundly that it makes me see the neighborhood that I live in differently.”

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