The most interesting book curation happens in stores that do not primarily sell books or that only sell books with specific themes. What they have in common is smaller book collections compared to larger bookstores. For me, what these stores do is accommodate ideas.
The process of publishing a book has many moving parts. The marketing team needs to be studying their audience while the copyeditors and fact-checkers are working on the manuscript. The design team is creating the perfect cover while the author is trying not to have their third mental breakdown. There’s a lot going on. Things are constantly moving, going, working. But when you’re looking at it as an archivist, when the work is done, everything is still.