Today, as in the early days of Alcoholics Anonymous, the AA 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 AA. message and imparting information about the AA. Twelve Step program of recovery. The Literature Committee decides on and keeps the area informed of what is available at the Intergroup Office, along with tracking the office inventory.