that being said, here is a little about Charlie
Bishop, Jr., also known as, "The Bishop of
The Bishop of Books is celebrating 37 years as a full-time
Antiquarian Bookseller-Appraiser specializing in the
Literature of Alcoholics Anonymous and Alcoholism.
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.
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.
sold his private alcoholism library of 15,000 items
to Brown University where it resides as The
Chester Kirk Collection of Alcoholics Anonymous and
is a consultant for Brown University.
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.
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.
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.
Also see these Two articles written by the Bishop
versus Legalism in Alcoholics Anonymous"
Bishop of Books
Time Is A.A.?" -by the Bishop of