Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro calls Vancouver’s McLeod’s Books “heaven”

    Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro says Vancouver’s McLeod’s Books is like “heaven.

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    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.

    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 have pages – lots of ’em.

    Books, including rare and collectable editions, are everywhere.

    Between overflowing shelves, the books are stacked as high as a jockey on the floor. Wandering through the store is a bit like traversing a corn maze.

    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.”



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