The Reading Club (lost talk show; 1999-2001)

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Logo of the show.

Status: Lost

The Reading Club was a public TV show that was made by Howard University Television, in cooperation with Dunbar Productions and WHUT, a local Washington, D.C. channel.[1] The talk show was hosted by former WCBS New York anchor Carol Martin, with Renee Poussaint taking over as host for the show's second season after "working on a documentary about a meeting between historian John Hope Franklin and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa."[2] The first season of the talk show went on for 13 weeks.[3][4]


Allison J. Davis, one of the many executive producers of The Reading Club was inspired by her friends, to create and air a talk show on books.[5] The series focused on serving "the African American community by educating, informing and inspiring individuals to broaden their horizons through more reading." Each episode had different "club members," which were various African American women selected from book clubs across the U.S.[1] Usually, they would discuss various topics in several books like self-discovery and love.


The lack of video footage is due to the fact that The Reading Club only aired episodes for a short time. Only 26 half-hour episodes were produced.[6] It is speculated that the series aired reruns until September 30, 2002, when the PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch block was airing, thus kicking the show to obscurity.

Television Station Location Date of Debut
WCEU Daytona Beach, Florida September 5, 1999
KNME Albuquerque, New Mexico September 6, 1999
WTBU Indianapolis, Indiana September 6, 1999
WTVS Detroit, Michigan September 6, 1999
WHUT Washington, District of Columbia September 7, 1999
KDTN Dallas, Texas September 8, 1999
WKMJ/KET 2 Louisville, Kentucky September 9, 1999
KLCS Los Angeles, California September 10, 1999
KLRU/2 cable Austin, Texas September 10, 1999
WNET New York, New York September 10, 1999
WPTO Oxford/Cincinnati, Ohio September 10, 1999
KRCB Rohnert Park, California September 12, 1999
WHUT Washington, District of Columbia September 12, 1999
WGVK Grand Rapids, Michigan September 13, 1999
KTCI Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota September 14, 1999
WHMG Schenectady, New York September 26, 1999
WLAE New Orleans, Louisiana October 1, 1999
Kentucky ETV Statewide Kentucky October 2, 1999
Mississippi ETV Statewide Mississippi October 2, 1999
Nebraska ETV Statewide Nebraska October 2, 1999
WXXI Rochester, New York October 4, 1999
WYIN/Channel 56 Merrillville, Indiana October 6, 1999
WKAR East Landing, Michigan October 18, 1999
WYBE Philadelphia, Pennsylvania November 1, 1999
WIPB Muncie, Indiana January 9, 2000
Vermont ETV Statewide Vermont Unknown; Only mentioned June 18, 2000


The series debuted on WCEU on September 5, 1999.[7]

Season 1 (1999-2000)

# Book Host Status
1 Lawrence Graham's Our Kind of People: Inside America's Black Upper Class Carol Martin Lost
2 Pearl Cleage's What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day Carol Martin Lost
3 Jill Nelson's Straight, No Chaser: How I Became a Grown-up Black Woman Carol Martin Lost
4 Benilde Little's The Itch Carol Martin Lost
5 Shireen Dodson's Mother and Daughter's Book Club Carol Martin Lost
6 Janet McDonald's Project Girl Carol Martin Lost
7 Iyanla Vanzant's Yesterday, I Cried Carol Martin Lost
8 Ralph Ellison's Juneteenth Carol Martin Lost
9 Edwidge Danticat's The Farming of Bones Carol Martin Lost
10 Harriett Cole's How to Be: A Guide to Conscious Living for African American People Carol Martin Lost
11 Sister Souljah's The Coldest Winter Ever Carol Martin Lost
12 Myrlie Evers-Williams' Watch Me Fly Carol Martin Lost
13 Linnie Frank and Andria Hall's This Far by Faith Carol Martin Lost
13 Renita Weems's Listening to God Carol Martin Lost

Season 2 (2000-2001)

# Book Host Status
1 The Color of Water by James McBride Renee Poussaint Lost
2 Diane McKinney's Blues Dancing Renee Poussaint Lost
3 Wilson Wesley's The Devil Riding Renee Poussaint Lost
4 Van Whitfield's Something's Wrong With Your Scale! Renee Poussaint Lost
5 Breena Clarke's River Cross My Heart Renee Poussaint Lost
6 Eric Jerome Dickey's Cheaters Renee Poussaint Lost
7 T.D. Jakes' Maximize the Moment: God's Action Plan for Your Life Renee Poussaint Lost
8 Douglas F. Greer's Blind Ambitions Renee Poussaint Lost
9 Shay Youngblood's Black Girl in Paris Renee Poussaint Lost
10 Tananarive Due's The Black Rose Renee Poussaint Lost
11 A'Lelia Bundles's On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam CJ Walker Renee Poussaint Lost
12 Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Talents Renee Poussaint Lost
13 Rene Swindle's Please, Please, Please Renee Poussaint Lost


This is the only video associated with the show to have been discovered.

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Renee Poussaint in the only surviving picture of The Reading Club.

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