At the L.A. Times Festival of Books, Molly Ringwald sat down with L.A. Times staff writer Carolyn Kellogg to discuss her book of short stories, “When It Happens to You,” surprising tour encounters and the new book she’s starting.

VIDEO: AUTHOR INTERVIEWS FROM FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

In honor of our new interactive map of literary L.A., Ringwald also talked about her favorite L.A. author, Joan Didion. "She was a definite inspiration...all of the car stuff [in “When It Happens...”] was Didion-inspired. It is the L.A. experience.”

For more conversation with Ringwald, click on the video above.