McLeod’s Books, the beloved musty mess on Pender Street that has become a landmark for Vancouver bibliophiles, received a visit from a Hollywood heavy hitter on Tuesday.

Guillermo del Toro, the Oscar-winning Mexican director behind The Shape of Water, this year’s Academy Award-winner for best picture along with the fantasy classic Pan’s Labyrinth and comic book adaptation Hellboy, documented his trip to the downtown bookstore on his Twitter account.

Had a moment free in Vancouver. Spent it in heaven at McLeod’s bookstore in 455 Pender. Found true treasures…

— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 12, 2018

If you haven’t been inside of McLeod’s, it’s a lot like that Star Trek episode “The Trouble with Tribbles,” in which small furry aliens rapidly multiply to the point where they threatened the Enterprise. Except at McLeod’s the tribbles are used books.

They are everywhere.

Between overflowing shelves, the books, including rare and collectable editions, are stacked as high as a jockey on the floor.

Del Toro, presumably in town to visit the Sony Dreamworks studio on Granville Street where his animated Netflix series Trollhunters and the upcoming Wizards are made, fell in love with McLeod’s, calling it “heaven.”

More Mcleod’s bookstore in Vancouver. Bought a box of books -including a ghost anthology illustrated by Lynd Ward.

— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 13, 2018

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Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment


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