At age 96, Herman Wouk is ready for a fresh start. The author of “The Caine Mutiny,” “The Winds of War” and other classics has a new novel and has switched publishers after decades with Little, Brown and Co. Wouk’s “The Lawgiver” is coming out this fall from Simon & Schuster. It’s the story of a planned movie about Moses, complete with references to Skype and Twitter. In a statement issued Monday by the publisher, Wouk noted that his first novel, “Aurora Dawn,” also was released by Simon & Schuster. That book came out in 1947. …Cyndi Lauper swears her book will show her true colors. The award-winning performer has a memoir coming out this fall, Atria Books announced Monday. “Cyndi Lauper” will cover the singer’s story from her troubled childhood to superstardom in the 1980s to the “ups and downs” that followed. In a statement issued by Atria, the 58-year-old Lauper said: “Sometimes I come off good, sometimes not so good.” Lauper’s hits include “True Colors,” “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Time After Time.” … Rock Hall spokesman Todd Mesek said Monday that Green Day members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool will induct Guns N’ Roses at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Hall on Saturday. It’s not yet known if the original Guns N’ Roses lineup will reunite and perform. Mesek says he believes frontman Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and other band members plan to attend. The group split in 1996. Guns N’ Roses stormed onto the music scene in the mid-1980s, awakening an industry then dominated by pop and dance music. This year’s Hall of Fame class includes the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Donovan, Laura Nyro and The Small Faces/The Faces.
Names in the news, April 10
Posted April 09, 2012, at 4:35 p.m.