Literature Committee


Today, as in the early days of Alcoholics Anonymous, the A.A. message of recovery from alcoholism is carried by one alcoholic talking to another. However, 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.


  • Inform groups, district or area assembly members, through displays and other suitable methods, of all available Conference-approved litera-ture, audiovisual material and other special items.
  • Become familiar with the information on G.S.O.’s A.A. Web Site (
  • Provide literature for groups, area, and district functions.
  • Consider suggestions regarding proposed additions to and changes in Conference-approved literature and audiovisual material.
  • Encourage A.A. members to read and purchase A.A. Conference-approved literature.


The Literature Committee Chair is an appointed position on the General Service Committee. For more information about the duties and responsibilities of the Chairperson, please see the following Job Description.

To contact the Literature Committee Chair, e-mail:


See below for some additional information that may be helpful. The links are to the following resources on A.A.'s World Services Website (, or to the page from where they may be accessed:

BC/Yukon Area 79 publishes the following introductory outlines for Area GSRs and DCMs, which are available as pdfs for viewing or download:

  • GSR Handbook (pdf, 36 pages)
    A booklet which outlines the duties of the General Service Representative (GSR) and the Service Structure of AA in Canada and the United States.
  • DCM Fact Sheet (pdf, 2 pages)
    Some information for incoming District Committee Members (DCMs) and an outline of the Service Structure in Area 79.