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Mr. Buttigieg’s fictional memoir, Ordinary Boys, was just the beginning: Since then, he has written another book, a novel, and a political memoir.

In his remarks on Thursday, he said his ability to write fictional fiction has helped prepare him for this new phase of his life. “Writing makes me think,” he said.

Oddly enough, Mr. Buttigieg once thought of writing a musical. “I still kind of do,” he said. He has a musical group of friends, called Band of Complaints, which has performed at Chicago casinos and occasionally headlines concerts in South Bend.

But he hopes people don’t think of him as a writer, especially if they hear him on the campaign trail. He keeps a sign in his campaign office: “ATTENTION DUMPERS: This book is real. And so is the man.”

When Mr. Buttigieg took his stage at a bar Wednesday night for the “Dump Trump” reading, he says, he was at least a little nervous about whether people would read a true story with some 21st-century spin. “I was hoping the people in this room were going to say, ‘Well, yeah, that’s nice. What’s his book about?’ ” he said.

The response was encouraging.

“The feedback from the folks in this room was overwhelmingly positive,” he said. “Now I hope it translates to others.”

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