The Collection La Palma de Debora describes the life of seven Latin American women in different Hispanic countries and from all social settings. The last story is historical. It narrates a brief period on the life of a Jewish woman who lived in Gerona, Spain. The historical content was personally researched by Dr. Artigas in her many visits to the city of Gerona, Cataluna.
Maria del Carmen Artigas is a Professor of Spanish at the University of New Orleans. She received her PhD in Literature from the University of Virginia and her PhD in Latin American History from Bowling Green State University. She received her BA and MA from universities in the USA. Dr. Artigas published ten books and forty five articles on Sephardic Literature and Literature of the Spanish Golden Age. She began writing short stories when she was very young in her home town of Tucuman, Argentina. One of her short stories won first prize at the Jefferson Society of the University of Virginia in a competition honoring Edgar Allan Poe. Also, she won an Honorary Mention at a National Competition at the University of Detroit. Summer Time that narrates the story of a young girl growing up in her home town was published by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D. C. Two of her Sephardic Anthologies are at the Holocaust Museum of the Smithsonian, Washington D.C.