A Dance With Dragons - July 12 2011

George R.R. Martin has confirmed here a solid release date for A Dance With Dragons:
Yes, I know.  You've all seen publication dates before: dates in 2007, 2008, 2009.  None of those were ever hard dates, however.  Most of them... well, call it wishful thinking, boundless optimism, cockeyed dreams, honest mistakes, whatever you like.

This date is different.   This date is real.

Barring tsunamis, general strikes, world wars, or asteroid strikes, you will have the novel in your hands on July 12.  I hope you like it.

(For what it's worth, the book's a monster.  Think A STORM OF SWORDS.)

The dragons are coming.  Prepare to dance.

And hey... thanks for waiting. 
Like many fans of the series I thought Book 4 of lesser quality than it's predecessors but that doesn't mean I'm not hopping from foot to foot anticipating Book 5 :)