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Canadian singer Jann Arden appears in controversial new James Comey book

She's not caught up in any salacious details, but Arden does share a few words in A Higher Loyalty

She's not caught up in any salacious details, but Arden does share a few words in A Higher Loyalty

Canadian musician and author Jann Arden had no idea she was quoted in the controversial new James Comey memoir — until a CBC host broke the news. (CBC Music)

Washington, D.C. is abuzz with the controversial details found in ex-FBI director James Comey's new memoir, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership — but it turns out veteran Canadian musician and author Jann Arden also appears in the instant bestseller.

The book recounts Comey's time from his earliest days in law to his time as deputy attorney general under George W. Bush to his firing by current U.S. president Donald Trump.

Arden isn't involved with the increasingly tangled political tale, but she is quoted in the book, at the start of a chapter titled "The Life." 

There, Comey quotes the eight-time Juno-winning artist: "To not think of dying, is to not think of living."

CBC's The National host Rosemary Barton tweeted Arden to let her know of the quote, and Arden responded with her trademark humour, "The world's gone mad."

When a follower suggested she may not be very happy about the news, Arden quipped, "Not at all — I'm very touched."

Arden's latest album, These Are the Days, was released in March. Arden has also penned several books, including Feeding My Mother, which chronicles her experience of her mother's battle with Alzheimer's. She has won dozens of awards, and was named to the Order of Canada.

Later, Arden tweeted the understatement of the day: "Never underestimate the power and the reach of words."

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