This is one I'm definitely waiting for, though it's probably in something of a different direction from most choices:
by Verlyn Flieger
Release Date: July 7th 2011 (according to the Indigo.ca website)
The amazon.com product description:
A major contribution to the growing body of Tolkien scholarshipI've really enjoyed reading her other books on Tolkien and Middle-Earth, namely A Question of Time: J.R.R. Tolkien's Road To Faerie and Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World. Given that, I'm sure that this is going to be another book I'll enjoy. A lot of those topics look to be really interesting, and Verlyn Flieger is noted for her scholarship in the field of Tolkien studies.
With the release of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and forthcoming film version of The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien's popularity has never been higher. In Green Suns and Faërie, author Verlyn Flieger, one of world's foremost Tolkien scholars, presents a selection of her best articles--some never before published--on a range of Tolkien topics.
The essays are divided into three distinct sections. The first explores Tolkien's ideas of sub-creation--the making of a Secondary World and its relation to the real world, the second looks at Tolkien's reconfiguration of the medieval story tradition, and the third places his work firmly within the context of the twentieth century and "modernist" literature. With discussions ranging from Tolkien's concepts of the hero to the much-misunderstood nature of Bilbo's last riddle in The Hobbit, Flieger reveals Tolkien as a man of both medieval learning and modern sensibility--one who is deeply engaged with the past and future, the regrets and hopes, the triumphs and tragedies, and above all the profound difficulties and dilemmas of his troubled century.
Taken in their entirety, these essays track a major scholar's deepening understanding of the work of the master of fantasy. Green Suns and Faërie is sure to become a cornerstone of Tolkien scholarship.