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On The Books: Soon you can read Tolkien's 'Beowulf'

A new book from Tolkien! HarperCollins has the rights to JRR Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf, which will be published on May 22nd and edited by his son, Christopher. Tolkien translated the oldest extant poem in Old English in 1926, but never had it published. The book will feature a selection of lectures on Beowulf given by Tolkien at Oxford in the 1930’s. Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary is the first new book from Tolkien since the narrative poem “The Fall of Arthur,” which came out last year. [The Bookseller] READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Cary Elwes to write book about 'The Princess Bride'; J.R.R. Tolkien biopic in the works

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Cary Elwes is granting your wish with a book about Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride, while a previously unpublished C.S. Lewis essay has been added to a new collection of his works, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s life will be documented in a planned biopic. Read on for more of today’s top books headlines:

Actor Cary Elwes is writing a book on the making of The Princess Bride, in which he starred as Westley, to be published by Touchstone, a Simon & Schuster imprint, in fall 2014. “It was a joy to work on such a magical film with an amazing cast of talented actors and friends,” Elwes said in a press release. “It will be great fun to revisit The Princess Bride and to share my fond memories of the unforgettable experience we all had.”

C.S. Lewis’ “Image and Imagination,” an essay rescued from a fire at the Lewis family home, will be published for the first time in a collection of his essays by the Cambridge University Press. [The Guardian]

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth has found a home online in a project produced by Google and Warner Bros. for the release of the film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to allow fans to explore and virtually tour iconic sites. [The Hobbit official site]

Speaking of Tolkien, a Hollywood biopic on the author is in the works. [The Telegraph]

Discount retailer Costco issued an apology after labeling Bibles for sale in a Southern California store as “fiction.” [LA Times]

Weird news of the day: William Nicholson, the author of Motherland, one of the nominees for the Bad Sex Award, writes that there should be a “Good Sex Award.” [The Guardian]

Salman Rushdie gave an illuminating interview to The Wall Street Journal about his perspective on social media (“a friend of mine bullied me to use it”), his new novel, and how he became a writer (“I don’t have funny habits. I think of it as a job and do it like a job”). [The Wall Street Journal]

The Canada identity: Russell Smith explores what “Canadian literature” really means, and how writers should define “Canadianness.” [The Globe and Mail]

Want more literary engagement? Here’s a roundup of must-reads by the New Yorker staff. [The New Yorker]

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