James Reaney is one of Canada's favourite poets and playwrights; at the intersection of his dramatic and poetic talents is Scripts, a collection of musical writings. There are nine complete works here, including the chamber opera Night-blooming Cereus, the poetry/music collage (and Governor General's Award winner) Twelve Letters to a Small Town, the Canada Dot, Canada Dash trilogy and operas Shivaree, Taptoo! and Serinette. Many of these pieces have been published individually, but none are in print, and they have never been amassed.
James Reaney lived in London, Ontario. He was the author of many experimental plays for children and adults, short stories, a children's novel, a non-fiction book on the national tour of The Donnelly Trilogy, a good many important essays, and several volumes of poetry, best known and loved of which are A Suit of Nettles and 12 Letters to a Small Town.