Not much of a surprise at Pacific Northwest Ballet, where Peter Boal is now officially the next artistic director:

?The 39-year-old principal dancer with New York City Ballet will take over the company on July 1. PNB had announced Boal was its “lead candidate” for the job early last month. Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, who have led the company since 1977, are retiring at the end of the current season. Boal has been working with them to put together PNB’s 2005-2006 season.?

Meanwhile at the National Book Awards, the fiction honor goes to Lily Tuck for ?The News from Paraguay?:

?Ms. Tuck began her acceptance remarks with a salute to “my fellow unknown finalists,” a reference to the debate sparked by the finalists, who included two first-time novelists, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum for “Madeleine Is Sleeping” (Harcourt), and Christine Schutt for “Florida” (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press), and the authors of two collections of stories,”Our Kind” (Scribner), by Kate Walbert, and “Ideas of Heaven” (W. W. Norton), by Joan Silber.

Ms. Tuck is one of the better-known finalists, having been nominated in 2000 for the PEN/Faulkner Award. She is the author of three previous novels.?

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