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“Part of the spirit [of the festival] is to stage different kinds of experiential encounters with literature that maybe aren’t possible in a standard bookstore space,” says Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, lead organizer of the festival and curator of Asian Pacific American studies at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Events will be held at three locations: the Eaton DC hotel, the Library of Congress and the Freer | Sackler galleries.

Name any subject and chances are it’s highlighted somewhere on the schedule, which includes poetry, fiction and queer stories in Asian literature.

“One of our featured festival performers, Franny Choi, recently wrote an essay with a line that’s stuck with me: The future is femme and queer,” Davis says.

Literary LoungeEaton DC, 1201 K St. NW; Fri., 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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