Entertainment briefs – April 13

Canadian teen-pop star Justin Bieber and an interactive Arcade Fire video that transported viewers to their childhood homes have scored Webby Award nominations.

Bieber, Arcade Fire up for Webby Awards

TORONTO — Canadian teen-pop star Justin Bieber and an interactive Arcade Fire video that transported viewers to their childhood homes have scored Webby Award nominations.

Bieber, the 17-year-old from Stratford, Ont., is nominated for his “takeover” of the popular comedy website funnyordie.com.

Arcade Fire’s The Wilderness Downtown web video, meanwhile, nabbed a bundle of nominations.

The interactive clip, scored to the Grammy-winning Montreal band’s song We Used to Wait, used Google’s Street View technology to show personalized images of each viewer’s childhood address.

Plenty of other Canadian companies nabbed Webby nominations including Vancouver-based Hootsuite, while The Test Tube with David Suzuki is up for best use of interactive video and the National Film Board of Canada’s HIGHRISE: Out My Window — which recently won an International Digital Emmy Award — is up for best use of photography.

Voting is taking place on the Webby website, with results set to be announced on May 3 and an awards ceremony in New York — where winners are permitted to issue five-word acceptance speeches — will follow on June 13.


Donoghue, Winter on Orange Prize short list

LONDON — Canadian writers Emma Donoghue and Kathleen Winter are among six remaining contenders for Britain’s Orange Prize for fiction by women, worth about C$47,000.

Making the short list — announced Tuesday — is just the latest accolade for the two authors.

Donoghue, who was born in Dublin and now lives in London, Ont., was a Man Booker Prize finalist for Room, about a small boy and his mother who are kept captive in a garden shed. The book won the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and is a finalist for this year’s Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

Annabel, by the Montreal-based Winter, tells the story of a hermaphrodite growing up in Newfoundland in the 1960s. The novel was nominated for the Writers’ Trust, the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award.

Rounding out the short list is Great House by U.S. writer Nicole Krauss; The Memory of Love, by Scottish-Sierra Leonean writer Aminatta Forna; Grace Williams Says it Aloud by Britain’s Emma Henderson; and The Tiger’s Wife, by Belgrade-raised writer Tea Obreht.

The prize is open to any novel by a woman published in English. The winner is announced June 8.


Crummey up for IMPAC award

TORONTO — Canadian author Michael Crummey’s historical novel Galore has been shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin award, the world’s richest literary prize for a single work of fiction.

Crummey’s third book — which spans a century in a hardscrabble Newfoundland fishing town — is among 10 books shortlisted for the prize, which awards 100,000 British pounds (roughly C$157,000) to the winner.

Other books up for this year’s award include David Malouf’s Ransom, Yiyn Li’s The Vagrants, Joyce Carol Oates’ Little Bird of Heaven and Colm Tobin’s Brooklyn.

Crummey, a 45-year-old author born in Buchans, N.L., is no stranger to the IMPAC prize. His debut novel, River Thieves, also made the short list while the followup, The Wreckage, made the long list.

The books nominated for the IMPAC award are chosen based on votes from public libraries worldwide. A five-member judging panel will select the winner, to be announced June 15.