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Until Further Notice

A Year in Pandemic Time

Until Further Notice is a real-time personal account of the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic through the prism of one woman's consciousness. An internal seismograph of living through a global emergency, Amy Kaler's book documents a series of jolts to her thoughts, perceptions, emotions, and habits. Kaler ultimately finds solace in Edmonton's North Saskatchewan River valley, where she bides her time while other public spaces are closed. As a sociologist, Kaler's introspection underlines the universal experience of dissonance brought on by COVID-19 and invites readers to ponder its ambiguities: How does thinking change under prolonged stress? What does time mean in the middle of an unprecedented disaster? How does COVID-19 push our emotions and imaginings off-centre, like a tree bent away from the angle it naturally seeks? Also present is the story of how Kaler rediscovers her place in the world. After twenty years of living in Edmonton, she finally comes to experience her neighbourhood and a world of trees and snow and water that had been close-at-a-distance for years, until the waves of pandemic life let her put down roots. Reflexive and relatable, Until Further Notice captures fine-grained, everyday experiences from an extraordinary year.

About the Author

Amy Kaler is Professor of Sociology at the University of Alberta. She is a Killam Annual Professor and the recipient of awards for research and for narrative writing. She is part of the leadership team for Stories of Change, a Faculty of Arts signature area, and headed the Stories of the Pandemic project.


"Like Thoreau in his Walden woods, Amy Kaler is studying the natural and social environment around her and observing her own responses." Alice Major, writer and poet

"Amy Kaler doesn't pretend to provide answers or counsel the uncertain, but instead offers a record of in-betweenness–including crucial questions about work, identity, safety and health–in a time of change." Tanis MacDonald, author of Straggle: Adventures in Walking While Female

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