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Vargas Llosa donates library to Peruvian hometown

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March 28, 2012 09:53 PM EST | AP


LIMA, Peru — Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa says he'll donate the 30,000 books of his personal library to his hometown of Arequipa.

The Nobel literature laureate announced the plan at a news conference Wednesday, his 76th birthday. He says he wants to recognize the residents of his hometown.

Vargas Llosa says the books from collections in Lima, Madrid and Paris will be donated gradually, beginning with a first batch on his birthday next year.

The author of novels including "Conversation in the Cathedral" and "The Time of the Hero" says he'll include a variety of volumes, from history and philosophy to politics and literature.

The regional government's president says the books will be kept in a house being acquired next to the local library.