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Charlie's Spirit is still great after the end and beginning holidays of 2013 and 2014!

The Bishop of books is selling his collection at a great value if you take it all - a collection I personally would love to have. You also have the option of choosing only that which you are interested in.

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With that being said, here is a little about Charlie Bishop, Jr., also known as, "The Bishop of Books."

The Bishop of Books is celebrating 37 years as a full-time Antiquarian Bookseller-Appraiser specializing in the Literature of Alcoholics Anonymous and Alcoholism.

He has published 11 books on A.A. and The History of Alcoholism as well as 16 annual AA History-Sobriety Calendars. He is co-author with Bill Pittman of, "To Be Continued…The Alcoholics Anonymous World Bibliography 1935-1994". Bishop has appraised the libraries of Dr. Robert H. Smith, Co-Founder of A.A.; Ernest Kurtz, author of NOT-GOD: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous; Clarence Snyder, Cleveland A.A. founder; Dr. William Duncan Silkworth, who wrote, "The Doctor's Opinion" in the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book; The Hazelden Archives; as well as numerous private collections. His appraisals have never been questioned or challenged by the IRS, insurance companies, etc.

Bishop sold his private alcoholism library of 15,000 items to Brown University where it resides as The Chester Kirk Collection of Alcoholics Anonymous and Alcoholism.

He is a consultant for Brown University.

Bishop published the national annual Sobriety Calendar 1990-2000,2002 and 2009-2013. Over the years Bishop has issued 50+ sale catalogs of Literature about Alcoholism and A.A. to his many Fellowship customers.

Bishop served as Area 73 Archivist for West Virginia A.A. for six years. His thousands of contacts with AA authors, historians, collectors, addiction treatment professionals, scholars, antiquarian booksellers and Fellowship members have aided his services.

Bishop serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Research, Education and Training on Addictions (IRETA) in Pittsburgh, Pa. He has presented the history of alcoholism and A.A. programs at Bethany College and West Virginia University Mining School, Gateway Center, Pa., and the Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio; as well as numerous AA events. Charlie Bishop, Jr. is a 1960 B.A. Wheeling Jesuit University graduate. bishopbk@comcast.net

* Also see these Two articles written by the Bishop of books:

         bluearrow_2.gif  "Spirituality versus Legalism in Alcoholics Anonymous" -by
           the Bishop of Books
         bluearrow_2.gif  "What Time Is A.A.?" -by the Bishop of Books


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