Literature & Grapevine


PURPOSE:  Thorough knowledge of A.A. literature is a good way to assure that our primary purpose remains the focus for successful A.A. groups and members. You can be a part of the solution by emphasizing our books, pamphlets, audiovisual and service material. Email

A.A. Public Service Announcements (PSAs) are available in both video and audio formats (for television and radio broadcast), as well as other materials specifically for young people and for professionals working with alcoholics. Click here.

Since the publication of the first edition of the Big Book in 1939, literature has played an important role in spreading the A.A. message and imparting information about the A.A. Twelve Step program of recovery. This information sheet addresses what "conference-approved" literature is and what it means.

This service piece shares ideas regarding how the magazines Grapevine and La Viña might be used as

supplementary tools to carry the A.A. message to professionals. Experiences submitted by committees

using these tools will be gratefully incorporated into this service piece in the future.

Explains clearly what anonymity means both within and outside A.A.


“Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before  personalities.”

For writers and editors. Ready-to-file folder provides detailed information on A.A., its program, and its Traditions.


This booklet has been prepared to help provide basic informational material on the A.A. Fellowship, and in response to requests for data in a ready reference format.

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