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A Saint-Exupéry week in Toulouse (France)

From June 10 to 17, the Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC) in Toulouse pays tribute to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

On this occasion, ENAC proposes to rediscover his work from a new angle. The man, the pilot and the writer will of course be highlighted, but also a less known facet of his prolific career: the passionate inventor, eager to imagine the future aviation.

For the first time in France, patents filed by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry will be exposed to the public. The inventiveness of these inventions will match the taste of innovation underlying civil aviation and its new challenges.


The program

Tuesday, June 10
– 12:00: Quiz on Saint-Exupéry with prizes to win. Orly building
– 13:00: Opening of the exhibition. Leonardo da Vinci space
– 17h30: Conference / dedication « Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and line airmail « , by Bernard Bacquié. Amphi Bellonte

Wednesday, June 11
-15h00: Presentation of the projects for the challenge Saint-Exupéry / Alten to the jury. Amphi Bellonte
– 17h30: Conference « Patent global strategic issues, » by Agnès Paillard and Alain Souchard. Amphi Bellonte

Thursday, June 12
-17h30: Conference « Montaudron yesterday, today, tomorrow » Amphi Bellonte

Friday, June 13
– 14:00: Opening of Building A « Antoine de Saint-Exupéry » – on invitation
– 17h00: Award ceremony of « Saint-Exupéry/ALTEN » Amphi Costes Challenge
– 18h30: Thierry Huillet and Clara Cernat Concert « The Little Prince ». Amphi Bellonte

Saturday, June 14:
– 14h00: Awarding ceremony for the photo contest « In the footsteps of Saint-Exupéry in Toulouse. » Library
– 15:00: Meeting with François D’Agay. Amphi Bellonte
– 17h00: Quiz on Saint-Exupéry with prizes to win. Orly building

Monday, June 16
– 17h00: Round table moderated by Michel Polacco: « What if … Imagine aviation tomorrow, » bringing together experts aerospace innovation. Amphi Bellonte

The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Peter Sís is a worldwide known author and illustrator. He has created a beautiful album about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s life.

« When I was about 12 or 13, my father gave me The Little Prince. He was making sure that I knew it was a special book. I’d seen the name of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, but to me it seemed a very French name and I was not excited about him as a person. I just read the book, and it was a life-changing experience, because I was in this little country, which was sort of closed and dark, and all of a sudden there was this book which was telling me how wonderful life can be or will be…. » Peter Sis for Publisher Weekly



At the turn of the last century, was born a boy with blond hair , who would become a great adventurer …
In this time of great discoveries , we dreamed new inventions. While we were witnessing the beginnings of Aviation , Antoine already built , at the age of twelve years old, his own flying machine … And even if it did not work, it did not discourage !
Abounding in this album that caters to both children and adults , Peter Sis tells the story of this little boy who wants to realize his dream of flying. We follow , step by step , his first steps in Aeropostale, being a mechanic engineer before becoming a pilot , and we discover his unusual life . From meetings and trips that have build him, to the Second World War during which he disappeared , the magnificent and captivating boards by Peter Sis immerse ourselves completely in the life of this great aviator, who loved to read and write as he flew …

Peter SIS librairie flammarion

Peter Sis , painter, illustrator, writer and filmmaker , grew in Prague where he studied at the Arts Academy. After studying at the Royal College of Art of London, he moved to the United States. He lives in New York with his wife and their two children.
His albums have received numerous awards , such as the Andersen Prize for all of his work at the Bologna Book Fair 2012, Le Prix des Sorcières for Madlenka, the Montreuil Book Fair award for The Three Golden Keys of Prague, the Grand Prix of Bologna ( category nonfiction ) for The Tree of Life , Charles Darwin, and The Wall,my childhood behind the Iron Curtain, has received the prestigious Caldecott medal in the United States .
Peter Sis has also created a monumental Aubusson tapestry in honor of the Irish poet and Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney , to answer a demand of U2, Paul Simon and Amnesty International , which adorns the Dublin Airport since April.

Aubusson tapestry


The French Army commemorates Saint-Exupéry last flight

The French Airbase Cognac 709 will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry passing away.

The famous writer and pilot disappeared in a Lockheed P-38 Lightning on July 31, 1944. He was then a commandant in a reconnaissance squadron whose traditions are held today by Squadron 1/33  » Belfort « , parked on the 709 air Base Cognac. The event will illustrate the link between Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, pilot in 1944, and today’s squadron, using drones thanks to the French Air Army innovation.

The Air army and the foundation Antoine de Saint-Exupéry share the sames values of peace and help for the youth, so the established a partnership.Created by the heirs of the author and performing actions in the world for the benefit of youth, especially in the field of education , it naturally participate in this celebration.

Access on invitation.
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Don’t miss this event at the Morgan Library and Museum !

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

The Pilot and the Little Prince: A Conversation with Peter Sís

Internationally acclaimed illustrator, filmmaker, and author of over twenty books, Peter Sís talks about his forthcoming book The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry with Christine Nelson, Drue Heinz Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Tickets: $15; $10 for Members; Free for students with valid ID, subject to availability.
* The exhibition The Little Prince: A New York Story will be open at 5:30 p.m. for program attendees.

Remember, The Little Prince, A New York story will be over on April 27th… So don’t miss it !