Lost Manuscripts of Robert Burns Discovered, Julianna Baggott's Pure Will Be Film, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

The Academy of American Poets has elected Claudia Rankine, Marilyn Nelson, and C. D. Wright to its board of chancellors. They'll each serve a six-year term, replacing chancellors Sharon Olds, Carl Phillips, and Lyn Hejinian. (Harriet)

The American Booksellers Association added forty new independent bookstores, which opened across the country in 2012.

Just in time for Burns Night, lost manuscripts of Scottish bard Robert Burns have been discovered—correspondence and poems, including an early version of "Ode to a Woodlark," which disappeared in the mid-late nineteenth century. (Guardian)

In Hollywood news, poet and novelist Julianna Baggott's bestselling Pure is set for adaptation by film director James Ponsold, whose movie Smashed is at Sundance now, and Karen Rosenfelt, who executive produced the Twilight saga. (Hollywood Reporter)

Kevin Hartnett details his career evolution as a freelance writer, including a stint assisting Seth Mnookin with The Panic Virus. (Millions)

"Sixty-one percent of book purchases by frequent book buyers take place online, but only seven percent of those buyers said they discovered that book online." Laura Hazard Owen takes a hard look at online book discovery. (paidContent)

On her blog, award-winning author Sandra Beasley shares what happened in her first weeks teaching poetry at Lenoir-Rhyne University in the North Carolina foothills.

To celebrate the publication of Sherwood Anderson: Collected Stories, the Library of America has posted audio of nine authors—including Charles Baxter, Siri Hustvedt, and Antonya Nelson—reading ten works by the short fiction master.