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Chicago author Ling Ma never thought she’d write a zombie apocalypse novel. Here’s what changed her mind.

About seven years ago, when writer Ling Ma was a fact checker in the Chicago office of Playboy, as work at the magazine began drying up and layoffs loomed, she started writing a novel. Right there, while sitting at her desk, watching her coworkers called into an office then leave the building hours later with severance packages and boxes of personal items. "There were always rumors of moving the magazine to Los Angeles, but gradually. Chicago fell apart in slow motion. They encouraged people to retire early, then they cut the maximum number of vacation days you could roll over to the next year – stuff like that. Of course I knew I would be laid off. There was this definite sense of foreboding."

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Book review: ‘Slayer,’ teen-friendly series picks up where ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ left off

Parents need to know that "Slayer" is the first book from the world of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" TV series and movie written by longtime Buffy fan/bestselling author Kiersten White ("And I Darken" trilogy). It helps to have watched the TV series to keep up with some of the characters and lore that pop up throughout the story. Expect demon-against-Slayer violence with many demons ending up dead (some by decapitation). Humans who die do so more quietly, in their sleep. Trauma from the past bubbles up often: the loss of a father and many family friends, a house fire, a girl whipped by her own mother. Caged demons are tortured, with one slowly skinned alive. Other mature content stays pretty mild: a bar scene with some beers, some minor swearing, a couple of kisses, straight and LGBTQ. When the main character, Athena, discovers she has supernatural abilities as a Slayer, she doesn't forget that she's always been a healer and protector. She tries to find a way to be both.

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The Last Word: Philip Roth

The New York Times sat down with Philip Roth in 2008 to talk about his life and accomplishments.