A digital special section of | Subscribe

Lauren Spieller

Lauren Spieller

Novelist, literary agent | TriadaUS | Class of 2008

The first chapter of Lauren Spieller‘s Illini story is set at 1117 West Oregon Street.

“The place that stands out in my mind is the Campustown Espresso Royale,” the young adult novelist and associate literary agent (BA ’08, English) says from New York.

“I spent countless hours at those colorful tables, sipping flavored iced tea as I studied for my English exams, chatted with friends and planned for the future.

“These days when I visit, I spend more time looking back than forward — remembering the people, places and classes that made my time at University of Illinois not only memorable, but unforgettable.”