Keelie Sheridan, who runs 18 miles a day in a bikini, took time out of her busy life being fabulous to document this momentous occasion:
Have you ever seen so many pandas who love books? Me neither.
Erin Lynn Welsh, another artsy friend, captured the night's historical impact in sepia:
Looks like these pandas just got off a stagecoach in Lordsburg:
This was a dream come true for me. I made new friends, learned that you pronounce ARC like "ark," as in "Noah's," and overcame my fear of reading prose aloud. Just kidding. I'm still terrified, but trying to hide it by reminding myself to breathe.
Dear readers, I hope to meet more of you as I travel the country by Conestoga wagon* this month! Check out my tour schedule, it's totally insane. Next stop: Chicago.
*A girl can dream.