It's not clear yet how many books will come out of the fall of Mayor Marion Barry or whether there will be that much interest as Barry fades from the political scene, but at least two are in the works. One of those, aimed for January publication, is "Marion Barry: The Politics of Race," by Washington writer Jonathan Agronsky, the son of newsman Martin Agronsky. An excerpt will be published in the February Penthouse magazine, which will be on the stands in early January. Agronsky describes the British American Publishing book as a "quasi-biography" and says that it will focus on Barry's years as a public figure and the effect his trial has had on race relations in the city.

Another, untitled Barry book, by Channel 4 reporter Tom Sherwood and writer Harry Jaffe, is not expected to be completed until September, with Prentice-Hall publishing it the following year. Sherwood said the book will focus on the past three decades of the city's history, with Barry as a key figure. Sherwood, who has doggedly covered the mayor for the past four years, is also at work on a movie script about his relationship with Barry. Sherwood, a former Washington Post reporter, said he is working on the screenplay with political consultant Tom Blood. According to Sherwood, the screenplay, which has not yet been sold, is about the "mutually respectful relationship" between Barry, who comes out of segregated Mississippi, and Sherwood, the white reporter from Atlanta who comes out of what he describes as a "redneck tradition." Out and About Assistant Chief of Protocol Carolyn Deaver is resigning her post to become vice president of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation here, beginning next month. Deaver said she will be running the foundation's "Look Good ... Feel Better" public service program, which primarily aids cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. Deaver, who had chemotherapy for breast cancer last year and was part of the "Look Good ... Feel Better" pilot program at Georgetown University Hospital, said the program teaches patients to use wigs and makeup in dealing with the results of chemotherapy. She said her new position gives her the opportunity to work with the program that helped her gain self-confidence and "made me feel more secure" ...

It will be fun for movie buffs when they see cameo performances from Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck and Martin Balsam in director Martin Scorsese's upcoming remake of the 1962 thriller "Cape Fear." All three were in the original movie. The new film will star Nick Nolte and Robert De Niro ...

Edward Herrmann and Blythe Danner get together for their first rehearsal this afternoon before opening tonight as the last two in a series of performers who have been in "Love Letters" at the National Theatre. The hit show has the performers reading letters, so there isn't much memorizing necessary. Herrmann, a D.C. native, and Danner have worked together before, in "The Philadelphia Story" on Broadway and on television in "A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story." Danner is currently doing a lot of film work; she is in the new "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" and the upcoming "Prince of Tides," as well as Woody Allen's new film, "Alice" ...