The Authors’ Corner:
A Living Literature Event At WAFT IAAC
Literature will be an exciting part of the WAFT IAAC. In preparation for the convention, the convention planning committee has carefully reviewed the A.A. General Service Conference (GSC) advisories on literature which have been issued over the years, starting in 1951. The important GSC advisories on literature relevant to the WAFT IAAC, and that have informed the planning committee’s efforts around literature at the convention are listed at the end of this article, for your information.
Two Display Corners
The planning committee is preparing for two literature display corners. One corner will display literature published by AA World Services (AAWS) and AA Grapevine. The other corner will display literature from other publishers, such as Hazelden, Bantam, Penguin Books, CreateSpace Independent Publishing, AA Agnostica, Rebellion Dogs Publishing, Pagan Press, Tarcher, Cornersburg Media, Rainbow Light Media, Atria Books, etc.
GSO and Grapevine
Contact has been made with the General Service Office (GSO) and AA Grapevine, inviting them to send representatives to attend the convention. We hope that a GSO representative will be available at the AA literature corner to discuss the exciting new Spirituality pamphlet that will be published by AAWS this summer.
We also hope that an AA Grapevine representative will be available at the convention to answer any questions about the AA Grapevine literature that will be displayed and about AA Grapevine itself. AA Grapevine publishes over 20 books that tell the stories of AA members, where AA’s share their experience, strength and hope in print directly with other AA’s. And over the years the AA Grapevine magazine has published many opinions of AA’s in magazine articles, including the opinions of the WAFT population. We hope to confer with the Grapevine representatives before the convention on how to best highlight AA Grapevine books and articles most likely to appeal to the WAFT population.
AAWS and AA Grapevine are not the only publishers of literature that pertains to addiction and recovery. A great deal of literature on addiction and recovery is produced by other publishers. We want to give visibility to that literature at the convention. Therefore, there will be a literature corner at the convention to display books not published by AAWS or AA Grapevine. In addition, the convention planning committee has been reaching out to the authors/scholars who have been published to invite them to attend the WAFT IAAC and participate in the literature / authors’ corner.
A month ago we asked for feedback on authors/scholars to invite to the convention. We have been acting on that feedback to invite authors/scholars. In some cases, although they are invited, the author/scholar has prior commitments or other impediments to attending and has had to decline. We do have a preliminary list of authors/scholars who will be attending the convention and would like to share that with you now. Here is the current list of authors who have confirmed their attendance at the convention:
Megan D. (Transitive Woman)
Omar Manejwala (Craving: Why We Can’t Seem to Get Enough)
Darren Littlejohn (The 12-Step Buddhist, The Power of Vow)
Joe C. (Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life)
John Lauritsen (A Freethinker in Alcoholics Anonymous)
Marya Hornbacher (Waiting: A Non-Believer’s Higher Power)
Roger C. (The Little Book – A Collection of Alternative 12 Steps, Don’t Tell)
Vince Hawkins (An Atheist’s Twelve Steps to Self-improvement, An Atheist’s Unofficial Guide to AA)
Katherine Ketcham (Beyond the Influence, Broken, The Spirituality of Imperfection, Experiencing Spirituality)
Allen Berger (12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs Are Gone: Choosing Emotional Sobriety through Self-Awareness and Right Action, 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery: Avoiding Relapse through Self-Awareness and Right Action, 12 Hidden Rewards of Making Amends: Finding Forgiveness and Self-Respect by Working Steps 8-10)
Rev. Dr. Andrea Travers (Twelve Wisdom Steps: Unifying Principles of the 12 Steps of A.A. Found in the Wisdom Traditions)
We will continue to reach out to authors/scholars and invite them. We hope to continue to get feedback from you about what authors/scholars you’d like to meet at the convention.
Appendix: A.A. General Service Conference advisories pertaining to literature
It was recommended that in future years, A.A. textbook literature should have Conference approval. Prior to the vote on this subject, it was pointed out that adoption of the suggestion would not preclude the continued issuance of various printed documents by non-Foundation sources. No desire to review, edit or censor non-Foundation material is implied. The objective is to provide, in the future, a means of distinguishing Foundation literature from that issued locally or by non-A.A. interests.
The Conference reaffirm the stand taken by the 1951 Conference as follows: “This Conference has no desire to review, edit, or censor non-Foundation material. Our object is to provide, in the future, a means of distinguishing Foundation literature from that issued locally or by non-A.A. interests.
It was recommended that all Conference-approved literature have on its face an identifying symbol.
It was recommended that the words “This is A.A. General Service Conference-approved literature” be used under the seal on all Conference-approved literature.
It was recommended that regarding pamphlets and literature other than that which is Conference-approved being displayed or sold at area and state conferences, it was the sense of the meeting that we have no authority in this area. It is to be noted that all Conference-approved literature should be made available at A.A. get-togethers.
It was recommended that previous Conference action to display non-Conference approved literature and Conference-approved literature separately be reaffirmed.
It was recognized that A.A. Grapevine literature does not display the words “This is A.A. General Service Conference-approved literature” or the seal on all Conference-approved literature. Therefore the General Service Conference recognizes The AA Grapevine as the international journal of AA.